Report – Arsenal wants Dutch midfielder with an eye for goal

Teun Koopmeiners is attracting the attention of Arsenal, according to De Telegraaf.

The 23-year-old plays as a midfielder for AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie.

He was in fine form for them last season and he scored 15 league goals and provided 5 assists in 31 top-flight matches.

His goal return is even more impressive considering that he plays in defensive midfield.

He looks like the real deal and at 23 has so much more development to do in his game.

He is also attracting the attention of French club Rennes, but Arsenal is reportedly favourites to sign him and they can get their man if they become serious.

This is because the report says he is a boyhood Arsenal fan who would jump at the chance of playing for them.

Arsenal needs midfielders as they look set to reconstruct their midfield this summer.

They have already lost Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos. Granit Xhaka is also the subject of interest from AS Roma and Lucas Torreira has been declared surplus to requirements.

Koopmeiners might not start immediately at Arsenal, but he does have the potential to be an important squad member.

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21 Comments

  1. 03 gooner says:

    With bissouma seemingly not being considered I wouldn’t mind us signing this player, I like his profile, versatile can play dm/cm/cb, good age at 23 with potential to get better, AZ alkmaar captain so leadership quality and 20 goal contributions for a dm is immaculate. Obviously will he be able to excel in the prem is a viable question? But I think he would be a better buy at around £20m compared with the other midfielders we have been linked to all massively overpriced I.e neves etc

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      👍 There are a multitude of choices that we are aware of, yet Edu is on holidays!

      1. VasC says:

        Holiday destinations are where one finds super-agents. Edu is doing his job, unbeknownst to us, while appearing to be on holidays, mate!

  2. Durand says:

    Like this player far better than Neves, and lower price. He can slot in as a defender, creator, and even chip in with goals.

    Don’t get the “may not start” part.

    Will Elneny beat him out? AMN or Torreira in midfield?

    Beggars can’t be choosers, and he apparently is better than any midfielder at our club.

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      👍

  3. Sani West says:

    This is the type of player to be in our club, bcos he like us at any level. so forget the old players like Nevas. This is a player age of 23, goal contributor and also a leader. up up up gunners

  4. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

    Not sure about his potential to succeed in the PL, but for the right price, he could be an interesting speculative acquisition…that said, he can’t be the only add in the midfield and I’m not including Lokonga, as I don’t see him as a viable starter year one…love the goal scoring numbers, as we desperately need a secondary scoring presence in the middle of the park, albeit I doubt 15 would be in the cards…I would suggest that if we continue to deploy the same gutless tactics, it might not matter who we sign…if you can’t find a way to properly service our primary scorers in the final third, it might be a bridge too far to expect our secondary scorers to eat; after all, most of our midfielders are shoehorned out wide or behind the halfway line…the whole thing is so baffling, considering that the only “AM” we appear to have no interest in actually scored more goals in 8 matches than all of our midfielders combined last season…when are we finally going to act in a professional capacity

    1. VasC says:

      I gotta give it to you for highlighting the tactics here. Until our forward players go gung-ho with their attacks and leave the defence to sort themselves out to stop the opponents’ attack, we won’t be seeing any improvement in the results or the players’ performances individually. Too much emphasis is given to keeping a clean-sheet than winning the game. Even the forward players’ primary responsibility is to help the team to shut out the opponents from scoring. Until we change that, there’s no point in just changing the playing squad members.

      1. ahmad73 says:

        The tactic last season was ‘play not to lose’ first. I am hoping to see a more progressive approach this time round. That’s why I was excited by our ‘interest’ in Maddison. However, I know there is not a cat in hell’s chance we will actually land him. As for that lad it’s worth a punt if the deal is team friendly.

  5. Stephan Larose says:

    Kroenke’s “backing” means buying unknowns from third-rate leagues. Awesome.

    1. VasC says:

      Let’s get real for once. It’s the kind of backing expected from a owner of a club that failed to qualify for even the “third-rated” European Conference League.

      Truth is ,to be able to sign a player qualified to play Europa League this season will be really AWESOME!!!

  6. gunner17 says:

    sensible replacement for Xhaka…good age, intelligent player, leader…I APPROVE

  7. jeganathan says:

    please Arsenal get him asap because i have follew up his profile and hi would brilliantly fit Arsenal”s midfield that we are craving for at 18m pound think it not an issuse

  8. gunnerforlife says:

    A goal scoring midfielder, very good player, young and versatile, go for him Arsenal.

  9. Kelly G Nation says:

    I have always known that Dani Ceballos and Xhaka did not replace Rambo. But now we seem to have found a proper round peg in a round hole at a good price, so what is Arsenal waiting for? I prefer this player than the ones we are currently linked to.

  10. Grandad says:

    Terrific left foot and would maintain balance in our central midfield pairing.Very much like Zhaka but slightly quicker and better defensively.If Bissouma is too expensive for us, he would represent a sensible, value for money alternative.

    1. 03 gooner says:

      👍 £18m compared to the overpriced neves, bissouma and locatelli. Would be a shrewd signing but if it makes sense will arsenal do it?

      1. Ozziegunner says:

        👍 Buy to loan out like Joe Willock et al.

    2. VasC says:

      Guess you have a thing for clubs starting with “A”, Grandad!!! From your comment, I understand that you’ve closely followed the player’s progress at AZ in the Dutch first tier. Or was it based purely on stats and YouTube compilations?

      Regularly came across comments in various JA articles relating to central midfielders about “How signing Koop will be real coup”. Was that you, Grandad?

    3. Websurfer says:

      Agree.

  11. Masaba Tom says:

    too bad to scout and find but no signing.Get Tuen!

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