Arsenal have reportedly progressed their negotiations with Juventus over a transfer Arthur, as issues in the Gunners midfield are becoming more apparent.
Mikel Arteta’s side have recovered well from a poor start in the Premier League this season. They sit fourth in the table after a good run of form, winning their last four league games.
There have been a number of standout performers in the Arsenal squad, namely Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka. However, each player has had an important role during the campaign.
Limited options in the midfield at the moment could lead to some problems though.
Both Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are away at the Africa Cup of Nations and Granit Xhaka is recovering from Covid-19. What’s more, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who has operated in the midfield, has been loaned out to Roma.
That leaves the depth in the centre of the park light. As such, the Gunners are advancing talks with Juventus regarding Arthur, per RMC.
They had previously been linked with the Brazilian, and the depth issues have made him a crucial target.
The 25-year-old midfielder is reportedly keen on leaving Juventus, with a loan looking most likely.
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A short-term deal would work perfectly for Arsenal, given their midfield issues will be reduced amid AFCON.
Furthermore, Odegaard started as a loan signing, and is now one of Arsenal’s most important players following his permanent move.
Should Arthur’s loan go in the same direction, Arsenal would be more than happy.
Arthur and Kulusevski on Gunners shortlist
In other news, Arsenal are interested in Juventus forward Dejan Kulusevski.
Despite the interest, it seems Juventus will not let him go unless they receive a huge sum.
That is due to Federico Chiesa’s absence at the moment. Indeed, he is to undergo surgery, and will be unavailable for some time.
Kulusevski will deputise for the Italian, and as such, Juventus will not want to lose out on a key player without being properly compensated.