Arsenal Londoners have contacted Juventus, for the possibility of approaching on loan to Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo. Mikel Arteta's team is looking to strengthen the midfield department, given that Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are not available due to AFCON. At the same time, Ainsley Maitland-Niles joined Roma on loan, which means Arsenal should definitely bring a new midfielder to the team.
But at what stage are the talks about Arthur? Juventus agree in principle to a deal, but the Italians can not move forward with the negotiations, if they do not initially find a replacement. The "Old Lady" is interested in the services of Bruno Guimaraes of Lyon, a player that Arsenal itself is monitoring. But finances are thought to be a potential problem, which could hinder Juventus in achieving the Guimaraes target.
However, the Italian media are convinced that the club will find a midfielder, paving the way for the departure of Arthur Melo.
But Arsenal has plan B ready, in case the "Arthur" scenario is not realized. Londoners are also monitoring Leicester City's Youri Tielemans. The player's agent has reportedly spoken to Arsenal representatives about a potential transfer. The Tielemans also have an 18-month active contract at King Power Stadium and sources close to the club say the player is not expected to sign a renewal.
But Arsenal are not the only team interested in the services of the Tielemans. Many other clubs in the Premier League are following the situation of the Tielemans, but it is fair to say that Arsenal is the team that needs a midfielder the most.
In the match against Nottingham Forest, the coach Arts was forced to throw 18-year-old Charlie Patino on the field. Meanwhile Albert Sambi Lokonga played in the place of Granit Xhaka.