Should Arsenal go for Pedro Neto to be the perfect backup for Bukayo Saka?

Our triumph over Bournemouth and Manchester City’s loss to Wolves taught us one thing: our right wing needs to be fortified, and with whom?

We should have learned that we rely too much on Bukayo Saka and that we need to prioritise finding his trustworthy backup in the winter transfer window.

Saka was a doubt for the game against Bournemouth on Friday, and few expected him to play because he hadn’t trained all week. But he was selected to start, and while he contributed to our 4-0 victory, he was unfortunate to receive what’s being described as a serious knock.

Some of us are concerned about how we would fare without Saka if he were injured for an extended period of time. Hopefully he won’t be out for long, but even so, we will need to address our right-wing situation.

We can do so by signing Pedro Neto, who was a nuisance for Manchester City in their 2-1 loss on Saturday. In that game, Neto was a live wire, exposing City’s Nathan Ake at right back and demonstrating how vulnerable the Citizens may be on the right wing, something few wingers have done.

“Pedro Neto is starting to produce the end product that once eluded him — some of the biggest teams in world football are going to be queuing up for him next year,” said Merson in his Sportskeeda column on Thursday.

“If he keeps playing like this, he might even get a few offers to leave Wolves in January – he’s destined for big things.”

We could be the big club Merson is referring to, according to rumours, because we are very interested in signing the Portuguese international, according to several reports. Notably, we have been interested in him since the summer of 2022, and we even made a proposal this summer that was promptly rejected by his club.

We need to “insure” our right wing in January, especially as it looks like Saka will need to recover from the batterings that he takes every week from opposing defenders, and Pedro Neto being an option there could give us an advantage in the title race.

Daniel O


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  1. Neto is similar to Martinelli in his style of play due to his pace and long runs carrying the ball, where as Saka has shorter dribbling type runs. However Arteta will probably prioritize a Tall Targetman this winter unless Neto was sold on the cheap or a swap deal.//Arsenal dont just need a striker, he has to also be a tall targetman. As they are lacking hold up play and strength up front to open up spaces. So the talk of Ollie or Tony will not fit that dimention as they dont have aerial dominance// Napolis Victor would be the perfect fit because unlike the other strikers mentioned, he adds aerial dominance as well as strength, aggression and 20 goals a season.

  2. I would like Neto at Arsenal. He’s a very skilled and pacy winger.His ‘weak’ right foot is quite adept which means he can play comfortably on either wing. He’s always been good ; just unlucky with injuries.

  3. Martinelli,Trossard, Jesus,Nelson,Vieira and ESR are all capable of being effective on the right wing if given a chance.Jesus in particular, has been very productive for Brazil on the right wing and I am sure he would be equally so for Arsenal.In terms of further recruitment our priorities should focus on bringing in an athletic B to B midfielder and a striker.Neto is a very fine natural left winger but we simply do not require another side player.

    1. the reality is Havertz is the “midfielder” that Arteta trusts. Don’t hold your breath on a true b2b player.

    1. I think he will. He honestly should’ve left Wolves earlier but kept picking up injuries so nobody went for him. If a top 6 team goes for him I think he’d move even if he wasn’t a starter. The intention of course would be for him play backup, but he’d without a doubt get gametime. Saka cannot be playing every single game anymore and never should’ve in the first place. The main reason I am skeptical of Arteta going for his is because RW is his only position and Mikel has been going for flexible players.

      1. With respect, Neto is a natural left winger who also plays as an inverted right wing.Apart from the Man City match, he has played on the left this season.If he came to Arsenal, Martinelli could well be faced with severe competition from Neto, not Saka.

  4. Balogun left without Arteta giving him a chance during pre-season. Now in 3 games, he has 2 goals and 1 assist. He’s strong and better than Nketia. Very mature and could have solved our striker problem.

    He was sold for cheap and we will end up buying a striker more expensively

  5. For some strange reasons I always think Pedro Neto was always the mystery winger Arsenal was always after.

  6. Wolves showed us how to beat City. Don’t play (match) their style, instead have “dynamo powered” running wingers and a striker. Citys defence is slow. Use ground splitting passes and “then run, bay run.”

    1. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Martineli is injured and Trossard isn’t that fast, except we using our teenagers Sargoe Jr and co.

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