It would come as no surprise to see Arsenal make a January addition in midfield, with numbers in a key area of the pitch extremely light.
After sanctioning the departure of Ainsley Maitland-Niles last week, Mikel Arteta seemed fairly unequivocal about what should happen next.
“Obviously we are going to move, and we are going to look for options because we are very short there,” he said.
One of the names mentioned over the last few days has been Juventus midfielder, Arthur, and today there are a number of reports saying that the Gunners are in talks over a loan deal until the end of the season.
On that basis, it would make sense – bolstering numbers between now and May, while keeping powder dry for the summer when a more long-term target is more likely to be available.
The 25 year old has made just 11 appearance this season, starting just 3 Serie A games due to an injury absence at the beginning of the campaign, since when he’s been unable to command regular football.
He signed for the Italian side from Barcelona in 2020, part of a suspicious looking deal which saw Miralem Pjanic go the other way – with both player valuations appearing to be accounting fiddles more than a true reflection of their market value.
It remains to be seen quite how much truth there is to this, but there’s a fair bit of smoke and the links are being widely reported today.
We’ll go a fence-sitting 5 on the Poo-O-meter, and if he does sign let’s hope it’s more Martin Odegaard than Denis Suarez – although circumstantially it does more closely resemble the latter.