Mikel Arteta’s dream £38m Arsenal target has already sent Edu a strong transfer message – Football.London

Arsenal have been given a boost in their attempts to solve their midfield issues after Bruno Guimaraes revealed he’d possibly like to join the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta’s side is incredibly short in the central midfield positions, and it is one area of the pitch that lacks the quality in depth that the Spaniard is looking for.

The club has been heavily linked to the Lyon midfielder, and according to Brazilian outlet Globo, the Ligue 1 side are set to demand £38m million for their star man.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have an extra incentive to sign him after it emerged that the 24-year-old has already revealed his desire to potentially join the club.

Speaking to FoxNews in 2020, he said: “I have always said to my agents that I dream of playing in England, it is the best league in the world, all the matches are close.”

Arsenal are the only Premier League club in which the midfielder has been linked to recently, and Edu should use the players’ desire to solve Arteta’s midfield dilemma.

Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka are the north London side’s preferred midfield pairing, but both have been sidelined this season due to injury or suspension.

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Albert Sambi Lokonga and Mohamed Elneny are considered as the backup options, however, Sambi Lokonga still needs time to mature, whilst it looks likely that Elneny will be departing the club after failing to agree on a new contract.

Arteta has already made it clear that he wants to improve on the midfield positions by utilising the transfer market.

“I think with the amount of things, and the way we want to evolve the squad, we have to maximise every window in many different ways and we are alert,” he said during a recent press conference.

Out of all the players who have been linked to the club to solve Arsenal’s midfield issues, Guimaraes would certainly be one of the strongest options, especially when you consider that he is one of the best all-round defensive midfielders in Europe when it comes to ball progression, and winning the ball back from the opposition.

Bruno Guimaraes is one of the best all-around defensive midfielders in Europe.
Bruno Guimaraes is one of the best all-round defensive midfielders in Europe.

Arteta’s side lacks somewhat of a tenacious midfielder who can help take the burden away from Partey, whose game is better being in possession of the ball rather than being given the extra tasks to play as a ball-winning midfielder. Guimaraes would allow the Ghanaian to utilise his strengths to the absolute maximum.

The Gunners should definitely take advantage of Guimaraes’ desire to play in the Premier League, and complete the acquisition of the midfielder, which would certainly help them in their push for a top-four place.

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