Arsenal is looking to make a signing from London rivals to potentially bring in reinforcements for the attack
After a relatively disappointing season, Arsenal has still somehow managed to win the FA Cup, and recently, the Community Shield with a triumph over Liverpool on penalties. After the sacking of Unai Emery midway through the 2019-2020 season and the appointment of Mikel Arteta as head coach, things have been slowly going uphill for the English side. The Spaniard has been entrusted with the duty of ‘renovating’ the club, bringing in players that will help him and releasing players that are not part of his plans.
There seem to be around nine players that the 38-year-old has put up for transfers, which include players that don’t play a part in the club’s future under him or have not been performing well. Many of the players come from the team’s midfield, with names like Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil being put up for grabs. With the departure of these players, the club won’t only free up a lot of the wage bill but also hopefully gain enough funds to make some actual useful signings.
The job would be either to improve upon the shambolic defense, fill in the hole made by the departing midfielders or make signings that strengthen the attack. According to reports, Arteta might have a name in mind for the latter problem in West Ham’s Felipe Anderson. The Brazil international’s future at the club seems to be shaky at best due to his terrible performances in the 2019-2020 season, scoring just once in 27 appearances for the Hammers. This has also resulted in him falling down the pecking order at the club and its very likely that West Ham would be looking to rid themselves of the 27-year-old.
Arteta has been a great admirer of Anderson and will not miss a chance to sign him, and with the great versatility and flair he brings to the table, he can prove to be a really good addition to the team. The Brazilian was bought by West Ham from Lazio for a fee of 36 million euros and it seems like Arsenal would have to dish out an amount higher than that to potentially secure a move.
It remains to be seen whether the North London side would invest such an amount of money on a player that has been out of form, especially during the times of economic crisis posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
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