Words from the Italian media this weekend suggest that Premier League giants Arsenal are ready to return with a new proposal for a member of the Juventus squad led by Massimiliano Allegri.
The player in question? Arthur Melo.
Of course, midfield captain Arthur has been receiving intense hints of a move to north London throughout the winter transfer window, amid the efforts of Mikel Arteta and his co-workers. To add a new quality to the Arsenal engine room.
At one point, it looked as if the loan move was about to come to an end, amid the 25-year-old’s ongoing struggle to play in Turin.
Just when it seemed a foregone conclusion that Arsenal were on the verge of relegation with their player, Max Allegri closed the door on Arthur’s possible departure, with the Allianz Stadium’s transfer team failing to secure a replacement.
Since then, the midfielder has played an increasingly important role for Juventus, appearing from off the field in seven of the club’s last eight matches in all competitions.
As noted above, though, Arsenal are, understandably, still keen to lure Arthur away from Serie A in the summer.
According to a report from an Italian outlet Tuttomercatowebthose who are in a position of strength in the Emirates are “still interested” in the Brazilian, ahead of a possible return to his services before next season.
Not only that, but, remarkably, it is added that Arthur Touraine is widely expected to leave this time around.
Word of Arsenal’s renewed interest in Arthur’s signature, of course, comes just 24 hours after the club’s lack of depth in the middle of the garden was ruthlessly revealed once again.
After welcoming Brighton and Hove Albion out of their form to the Emirates on a crucial outing amid their constant quest for the top 4 berth in the Premier League, Arsenal have been placed in a tight spot, with two goals to one.
This came with young Sambi Lukunga returning at the deep end, forcing him to manage Arsenal’s midfield base on his own, amid the absence of Thomas Partey, and Granit Xhaka’s sudden move to left-back.
In contrast, Brighton continued to dominate their midfield during extended stretches of 90 minutes and ultimately proved to be a key component in their rise from North London with all three points.
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