Mikel Arteta and Co. Warned about completing Arsenal signing central midfielder!

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Arsenal have been warned over the suitability of Leeds United starlet Archie Gray.

Gray, 18, enjoyed a successful full season with the Whites as they suffered disappointment in their quest to return to the Premier League. As a result, the England under-21 courted attention from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City ahead of the summer window.

There has been alot of speculation about what Players the Spaniard will look to sign this transfer window – and for the right amount of money – Gray could be some decent back-up for Bakayo Ska.

However, former Leeds defender Danny Mills feels he isn’t quite ready and has warned the likes of ARSENAL: “He’s not been played in his preferred position; I think his best position is midfield,” said Mills, speaking to Football League World.

“He’s been farmed out to right-back where he’s performed brilliantly. My fear was if Leeds got into the Premier League, and he plays right-back, he might get a little bit lost.

“The quality that you’re suddenly playing against – Jeremy Doku, Mohamed Salah. It’s another level. This is not the Championship anymore. And my fear would be that Leeds would bring in a right-back with experience and he might not make that midfield berth.

“I actually think for Archie’s development, even if they’d got promoted, it wouldn’t be a bad thing if he went and did a year in the Championship in midfield. He’s very, very young, learning his game in midfield.

‘Now, with all the experience that he has, I think it could be one of the best things that happened to him.”

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All this attention for the lad is great  – he had an amazing season last year – but he is not ready to make that step up and joining one of the big clubs linked could actually hinder his development.

The smart decision would be to stay put – but if ARSENAL do come calling – it will be very hard for the lad to turn down such a move.


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