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Arsenal Top Three midfield targets – Which would you choose?

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The dust is settled and the die is cast. We are in the Europa League. An outcome that would have pleased us greatly after the first three games of the season, but one that ultimately left a bitter taste in the mouth because of the manner of our capitulation against Spurs and Newcastle. But, it is what is.

Now the transfer window will be upon us and it is vital Arsenal get their purchases right this summer. A lot of the focus has been on the need for a strike force and that is a very legitimate concern.

However, the need for strength in depth in the midfield area should be given equal importance. If we look at the successful models that we aspire to emulate in Man City and Liverpool the strikers are not the pivotal positions. Jesus and Firmino are the outright strikers in these clubs, and no disrespect to either player they weren’t the difference makers.

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Salah, Mahrez, Mane, and Diaz, are wingers and in fairness that is a position that we are able to boast young ever improving talent in Saka, Martinelli and Smith Rowe and the possible re-integration of Nelson.

De Bruyne, Fabinho, Thiago, Gundogan, Kieta, Foden and Silva are the players who frequently change the course of vital games by dictating the play. These players highlight why the midfield area is key to a successful team.

Arsenal is currently in need of both defensive and attacking midfield options. With the huge amount of money awash in the Premier League it is also important that we get the depth by buying astutely. Even with Elneny’s recent contract extension it wouldn’t be unfair to suggest that we need to purchase three midfielders in order to upgrade and provide competition. As the top two have demonstrated it is is vital to be able to replace a midfielder without having a noticeable drop in quality. Here are three midfielders I would propose that would fit the current needs of our club as well as our budget.

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1. Sander Berge.

This is a player that we have been linked with in the past but the price quoted at the time was an exorbitant 30-40 million. A season in the Championship has brought that value down to the 15-20 million mark. It is no coincidence that Sheffield United had a poor start to the season when Berge was injured. And that their upturn in form coincided with his return. Mainly functioning as a defensive midfielder he has added goals and assists to his game since his return as well. If Arsenal pursue him this summer, then you can be assured that Albert Stuivenberg had a major input as he used to manage Berge at Genk and spoke highly of him back then.

2. Gini Wijnaldum:

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This former mainstay of Liverpool and Newcastle’s midfield has a wealth of Premier League experience. His free transfer to PSG has not gone as planned as he struggles for first team minutes in France. A loan deal or even a cheap transfer wouldn’t be too difficult to engineer as the player will be keen to be playing first team football in order to maintain his Netherlands place in a weird World Cup year.

3. Youri Tielemans:

He has been widely touted as a target and for me it’s a no brainer, especially if the sum of 25 million is accurate. He’s a quality operator and has a lot of experience for a 24 year old. He already takes responsibility in games and that will only develop as he matures. He has vision and aggression, two characteristics that we need in midfield.

I’d be interested to hear other Gunners selections of potential incoming three midfielders, allowing yourself a budget of 50-60 million.

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Report: Arsenal now really Keen to sign ‘Astonishing’ attacker who scored more goals than Gabriel Jesus last season

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According to But Football Club, Arsenal want to sign Bayer Leverkusen and France winger Moussa Diaby before the transfer window shuts.

The Gunners are looking for a new wide player. Raphinha was high on their wish list and Mikel Arteta tried really hard to bring him in. The Brazilian, however, joined Barcelona for £55 million (Sky Sports) instead, and Arsenal have now apparently turned their attention to Diaby.

Arsenal really keen to sign Moussa Diaby from Bayer Leverkusen

Diaby is one of the finest players in the Bundesliga.

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The 23-year-old France international scored 17 goals and provided 14 assists in all competitions, which is a truly sensational return for a wide player.

His performances have caught the eye of a number of clubs, including Arteta’s Arsenal. The report claims that Diaby ‘strongly appeals’ to the Gunners boss, who is really keen to bring in a new winger before the window shuts.

The ‘astonishing‘ winger has come out and claimed that he wants to stay at Leverkusen this season, while the German outfit are keen to retain his services too.

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However, the report claims that if an offer in the region of £59.2 million arrives, they will let him go.

Arsenal don’t intend to pay that figure, but the report claims they will try to negotiate a deal for a lower fee.

Diaby still has three years left on his contract at Leverkusen.

Diaby really is a sensational player.

31 goal involvements in a single campaign for a 23-year-old wide player is a truly sensational return.

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Even Gabriel Jesus, who is viewed as the answer to Arsenal’s goalscoring woes, didn’t score as many goals as Frenchman last season.

Arsenal’s backup winger at the moment is Nicolas Pepe. The Ivorian, on his day, is unplayable, but sadly for Arsenal supporters, those days have rarely ever occurred over the last three years.

Diaby would be a massive upgrade over Pepe, but whether Arsenal can lure him in remains to be seen.

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Report: Star ready to join Man United now wants £33.7million contract

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The latest reports in the media are anything to go by and Adrien Rabiot’s mother-agent, Veronique, is proving to be a difficult negotiator.

Last night, we covered a story (via La Gazzetta Dello Sport) claiming that the French international has demanded a three-year deal worth £25.4million to move to Old Trafford.

This morning, as per Corriere dello Sport (news image provided below), the Red Devils have agreed a fee worth 17-18 million euros with Juventus but the dilemma is that the agreement with the player is still missing.

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Ten Hag contacted Rabiot to convince him to join Man Utd which is why the midfielder became willing to negotiate personal terms.

However, Veronique now wants a four-year contract worth 40 million euros (£33.7million) for his son and the negotiations have slowed down.

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Manchester United’s midfield department is in desperate need of reinforcements and Ten Hag may end up losing out on signing Frenkie de Jong to Chelsea.

The last big signing for the central midfield was done back in 2018 when Mourinho splashed the cash to lure Fred from Shakhtar. The Red Devils must act fast to strengthen things in the center of the park.

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Rabiot is neither as creative as Pogba nor as versatile as De Jong. However, he has experience of winning big titles with PSG and Juventus and even with France. So, in all fairness, he would be an upgrade to McFred.

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Man United pushing for Pogba replacement in more ways than one

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Manchester United may be about to take on another troublesome Frenchman, having just gotten rid of one.

The departures of Paul Pogba and others this summer have left new manager Erik ten Hag with a bare cupboard in terms of midfield options.

United have turned to Juventus outcast Adrien Rabiot, who is available for £15 million, after failing to secure Frenkie de Jong, the Ten Hag’s top transfer target, from Barcelona.

Rabiot, 27, isn’t particularly popular at Juventus and hasn’t replicated the form that established his reputation during the seven years he spent at PSG before that.

But it isn’t just on-field sluggishness that has harmed the reputation of a player who was once regarded as France’s golden boy.

Off-field squabbles and indiscretions, not only by Rabiot but also by his formidable mother and agent Veronique, have earned him a reputation as a difficult customer in the game.

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However, Ten Hag and United are becoming increasingly desperate. Despite the club’s insistence that their interest in Rabiot was firm prior to Sunday’s season-opening loss to Brighton, the timing appears to be a reactionary move.

And Rabiot’s rap sheet contains numerous items that could cause United to live to regret their decision.

Rabiot was on the verge of breaking into the PSG senior squad after graduating from their academy in 2012.

Rabiot was supposed to travel to Qatar with the team for a mid-season tour, but his mother insisted on accompanying him.

Veronique, Rabiot’s uncompromising agent, enters the picture. After his father, Michel Provost, suffered a stroke in 2007 that left him with locked-in syndrome, she took over his career. Michel is paralysed but fully aware.

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Her insistence on accompanying the tour caused friction, and Rabiot was eventually loaned out to Toulouse.

Even stranger, she allegedly insisted on attending all of their training sessions while there.

Two years later, Rabiot was on the verge of leaving PSG after Laurent Blanc demoted him to the reserves.

Veronique was waiting for Blanc as he left PSG’s Camp des Loges training facility one evening.

‘You can’t treat him like that. ‘I’m not going to agree to that,’ Blanc was told, presumably forcefully.

PSG had no choice but to call in security, but the confrontation appeared to work.

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Rabiot’s contract with PSG was renewed – and on better terms – not long after he failed to secure a move to Roma.

France’s hopes of adding the European Championship to their World Cup glory last year ended when they lost on penalties to Switzerland in the last-16.

Afterwards, an extraordinary video emerged of Veronique confronting Mbappe’s father, Wilfried, after the PSG striker missed the decisive spot-kick.

It is thought she said: ‘It is embarrassing how he struck that, for a player of his level. He hit it too lightly, I hope you are going to scold him.’

Apparently during an earlier discussion, Veronique told Wilfried his son was ‘arrogant’, has a ‘big head’ and gets ‘too much protection from the press.’

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