The Premier League crown is the ultimate trophy that Arsenal is vying for once more. Despite coming dangerously close to achieving a historic triple during the previous season, Manchester City’s winning machine ultimately eluded the Gunners. This time, North Londoners will be hoping that their triumph at The Emirates over the champs would help them a lot in their quest for the top place come May. The January transfer window, meanwhile, may possibly be important.
Should Arsenal manage to bolster Mikel Arteta’s team a little bit more, they might emerge as a formidable opponent to Pep Guardiola’s team. It appears that Arteta is also aware of this, as evidenced by reports that he asked for a specific January signing.
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Arsenal may have simply sat back and accepted European qualifying once more after securing their return to Champions League competition the previous season. However, they made a statement in the summer by signing Declan Rice before City and by welcoming Chelsea’s Kai Havertz. Under Arteta, who apparently wants to replicate Arsenal’s midfield hiring spree in the January transfer window, Rice has especially settled in quickly and emerged as a key player.
Sport in Spain claims that Arteta has made a new wish, requesting that Arsenal purchase Ruben Neves from Al-Hilal in January. Having abandoned the Midlands club in favour of a summer move to Saudi Arabia, the former Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder may potentially make an immediate return to the top flight in England. Arteta is apparently demanding a move, and the Gunners may welcome Neves in lieu of Thomas Partey, who has suffered with injuries and a lack of playing time this season. Given that Neves scored two goals in the Premier League against Arsenal, the Gunners are also well aware of his talent.
Newcastle United is rumoured to be interested in signing the midfield player, but the Premier League may vote to prevent players from going on loan to other affiliated teams, therefore a January transfer for Neves to the Magpies may not be possible.
To sign “complete” Neves, Arteta desires
Even though Neves moved from the Premier League to the Saudi Pro League in the summer, it’s easy to forget how good he is; he still seems to be a player who can compete at the greatest level. For a team like Arsenal, having the Portugal international on the team might be the difference between winning silverware and not. Neves’s Premier League statistics undoubtedly demonstrate his readiness to take Partey’s spot.
Last season, the midfielder received a lot of appreciation from former manager Julen Lopetegui, who said:
All of my choices are tough for me, but I would rather have every player prepared at all times. Ruben’s arrival is really excellent news for us. Ruben is a crucial player for us, of course, and he’s ready to go. For us, that is undoubtedly fantastic news. He is an invaluable member of the team and the locker room because of his exceptional skill and completeness.