Arsenal join race for Hoffenheim and Austria midfielder Florian Grillitsch

Arsenal join the race for an Austrian international midfielder as summer transfer plans begin to emerge

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could be ready to add a much-needed boost to his midfield in the Emirates this summer after Arsenal have been linked with Austrian international midfielder Florian Grealish.

The 26-year-old Neunkirchen-born player has been a regular presence for Sinsheim-based Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga since the 2017-18 season after picking up a transfer from fellow Premier League side Werder Bremen where he graduated from the U19s after arriving from St. Pölten in 2013, and could take the next step in his career under Arteta after The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath The club’s interest was reported earlier today.

Reinforcements at the heart of midfield have always been a necessary condition for Arsenal if the club is to compete for the top four places in the Premier League, and a lack of numbers in the first team under Arteta has resulted in an ugly head of time. To the time this season.

With Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Sambi Lukunga all in place, the only credible midfield options and a mix of injuries and African Nations Cup assignments have stripped Arsenal of their midfield depth during the 2021-22 Premier League season far more regularly than The fans – and Arteta – wanted to see.

Grealish will offer a versatile midfield that will surely suit Arteta. Capable of playing as a 6, 8, 10, on either side of the midfield, as well as using him as a central defender, he would make the perfect team member to not only fill in the gaps, but do so in style along the way.

Technically sound and utterly creative, Grillitsch will be available on a free transfer this summer having decided to let his contract run down at Rhein-Neckar-Arena, which will allow the club to take on their finances while continuing. Their search for a long-term attacking position and perhaps a central defender.

The confirmation from Arteta that Thomas Partey could miss the rest of the season was another reminder of the lean nature of Arsenal’s midfield, and the acquisition of Grealish – or any other midfielder – should now be seen as a priority for the club in the upcoming transfer window.

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