Arsenal will add a winger to their squad in January, after failing to land one during the summer transfer window.
It’s according to reports that Mikel Arteta is committed to signing a wide man as he wants new signing Marquinhos to experience more minutes of competitive football and can’t offer the Brazilian adequate playing time.
Marquinhos joined the Gunners for £3million over the summer and scored on his first start in an Arsenal shirt against Zurich in the Europa League last week. With the Gunners playing four competitions, having extra bodies in the squad is useful – especially as the youngster can replace Bukayo Saka.
But Marquinhos is still raw and Arteta would like to give him the freedom to develop away from Arsenal at the top level, with The sun (opens in a new tab) claiming the Spaniard will look to loan the 19-year-old out in January.
Losing another right winger would surely confirm that the Gunners will bring in another, as the competitions roll on after Christmas. The North Londoners have also been linked with a number of options in wide positions.
Recently, Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk said Ben Jacobs (opens in a new tab) of CBS Sports (opens in a new tab) that he would find it hard to say no to Arteta after Arsenal were linked with his signing in the final week of the transfer window. Shakhtar director Darijo Srna said HITC (opens in a new tab) that he thinks the 21-year-old is on the same level as Vinicius Junior and Kylian Mbappe.
Wolverhampton Wanderers No.7 Pedro Neto has also been touted for a move to the Emirates Stadium, after Athleticism (opens in a new tab) broke the news of talks between the two clubs. A move that never materialized.
Arsenal are also reportedly interested in a move for another central midfielder, with their Deadline Day pursuit for Douglas Luiz ending in failure. Youri Tielemans was also on the radar all summer.
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Arsenal were looking for a ‘mystery winger’ to complete their squad, while a midfielder was also touted.
After Nicolas Pepe left the Gunners for more minutes on loan at Nice, manager Mikel Arteta said he wanted to “add some firepower”, although he couldn’t guarantee a new player would come on. The Gunners are still interested in Pedro Neto, as well as a Ukrainian wonderkid.
Mohamed Elneny’s injury means the midfielder is a bit weak at the moment. TFF reported months ago that personal terms with Youri Tielemans had been agreed, with north Londoners needing only to agree a fee with Leicester: a hurdle remained on deadline day. In other news, Bukayo Saka has hinted that he is close to extending his contract.