The potential deal that would have seen Youri Tielemans join Arsenal this summer has slowly cooled and now any possible move looks unlikely or at least will not be happening until later in the window. The Belgian was considered a priority for the Gunners but now Mikel Arteta has chosen to focus on other targets.
Central midfield remains an area of great need for Arsenal to strengthen. The Gunners cannot afford a repeat of 2021 when the midfield was not upgraded ahead of the new season and the starting trio of Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard continued from the end of the 20/21 campaign.
With this in mind, football.london All four have been touted as potential Arsenal candidates and add to the progressive central midfield role. All four have been touted as potential Arsenal candidates and add to the progressive central midfield role.
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Firstly, Oleksandr Zinchenko, the Ukrainian has typically played in the left-back role for Pep Guardiola, and this would be a bonus for Arsenal should they sign him. However, his performances for his national team in midfield have been hypnotic at times.
A brilliantly gifted footballer at a technical level, he developed as an attacking midfielder with Shakhtar Donetsk. He could add plenty to the left of Arsenal’s midfield although adding another left-footer could be seen as a slight flaw.
Another left-footer but certainly in the form of a more established central midfielder. Fabian Ruiz has all the good parts Granit Xhaka brings but without the defectss that have characterised the Swiss international.
A progressive ball-playing central playmaker who works backwards and forwards. He is more of a typical eight than Xhaka is and therefore becomes a perfect option to be an alternative for Tielemans. Good on the ball and capable of producing a shot from range, Fabian has grown into one of the most respected midfielders on the continent.
Arsenal have reportedly looked to the Spaniard as their next option for midfield. According to Corriere dello Sport, Arsenal are the favorites and are the most interested party.
If Arsenal have the chance to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic they shouldn’t hesitate. A genuinely world-class central midfielder who can do all the tough parts of the role and bring leadership to the side. Lazio have always demanded a massive fee hence why. he is still in Rome, but with time on his contract running out he could be gettable.
A creative goalscoring monster from Serie A. The Serbian international would join as a genuine world-class addition to the squad and be the perfect complement to the Gunners’ midfield.
If it is the more offensive side of the position that is needed, then the last option of Lucas Paqueta is definitely one that should be considered. Since joining Lyon after failing to impress at Milan, the Brazilian international has become the French side’s talisman.
A goalscorer who can play in central midfield, attacking midfield and even second striker if tasked to. Paqueta would bring yet another piece of Brazilian flare to the club but not without extracting a heavy price tag.