Ian Wright’s latest Arsenal comments point towards why they should seal Gini Wijnaldum transfer – Football.London

Arsenal were dumped out of the FA Cup on Sunday evening after a shock 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the third round of the competition.

The Gunners were poor throughout the 90 minutes and Forest were good value for their cup upset, with the midfield of youngster Charlie Patino and Albert Sambi Lokonga struggling at the City Ground.

Both showed flashes of what they could do, but overall, it was a match they struggled to get to grips with.

With Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny both at the Africa Cup of Nations representing Ghana and Egypt, respectively, Arsenal are very short in the midfield department this month.

With the Gunners letting Ainsley Maitland-Niles leave to join AS Roma on loan until the end of the season, the need to a new midfield player is even more desperate.

Ian Wright, who was on punditry duty for Arsenal’s defeat to Nottingham Forest, criticised his former side’s midfield for their performance.

“The way Arsenal’s midfield played today, it wasn’t very good. They weren’t on it today, we saw that with Sambi giving the ball away, and we got punished for that,” Wright said on ITV’s coverage of the FA Cup clash.

Wright’s comments point towards Arsenal’s need for a new midfielder, with the likes of Bruno Guimaraes and Gini Wijnaldum both being linked in recent weeks.



Gini Wijnaldum has been linked with a shock move to Arsenal this month
Gini Wijnaldum has been linked with a shock move to Arsenal this month

Wijnaldum, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain last summer on a free transfer from Liverpool, has struggled to adapt to life in France since sealing a switch to the Parc des Princes.

According to Sky Sports reporter Pete Graves, the Netherlands international is keen on making a return to the Premier League, with a loan move possible.

Graves tweeted: “Former #NUFC and #LFC midfielder Gini Wijnaldum is keen on a return to England. Loan move from #PSG a possibility.”

Wright himself recently urged Arsenal to go out and sign the Dutchman, with the Gunners legend describing the thought of him at the Emirates Stadium as “amazing”.

Speaking on the Kelly & Wrighty Show, the former Arsenal striker said: “People like Thomas Partey obviously going away; you do need to then maybe bring in Wijnaldum. I saw Wijnaldum’s name.

“That would be amazing. A loan signing from PSG. Someone like that in the midfield, experienced. He’s a Premier League winner.

“Just to help with the youngsters and someone like a Sambi Lokonga, just to keep it going. Then they can just start adding on to the squad.”

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