Incoming Brazilian backed to be Arsenal success after Edu meets agent shows him round London Colney training ground in bid to wrap up deal
Arsenal-linked Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo has been backed to succeed under Mikel Arteta after Edu met with the players agent to complete a deal.
The Gunners are desperate to sign the Brazil international in the January transfer window, and And Edu was reportedly wooing the midfielder’s representative Federico Pastorello at the club’s London Colney training ground in order to push through a deal, according to Metro.
The north Londoners’ manager Mikel Arteta wants to strengthen in the middle of the park despite Thomas Partey’s return from the Africa Cup of Nations, as he is lacking players in key areas of the pitch.
And ahead of his potential move to the Emirates, South American football expert, Tim Vickery has opened up and admitted that despite his troubles at Juventus, Arthur could be a good signing for the Gunners.
He Told TalkSport: “In the last decade Brazilian midfielders have really struggled when they’ve come to Europe,” Vickery said. “They’ve struggled with the extra speed in which you have to do things.
“Arthur was the biggest of all the big hopes, we thought he was made to measure for Barcelona and when he went there it didn’t go badly, there was a very impressive performance against Tottenham at Wembley.
The midfielder has only played seven Serie A games this season under Massimiliano Allegri with the arrival of Euro 2020 star Manuel Locatelli complicating matters.
Vickery though believes that despite things faltering on and off the field, Arthur still has what it takes to reach the top.
“I’m told by people far closer to this than I am that his life off the field hasn’t been as disciplined as it should be,” he said. “But I would hope that there’s a player there because I love his ability to receive the ball and keep possession.
“I would love, even if it’s at Arsenal, to get him playing his football because he’s the kind of player that Arteta would like and it would be lovely to see him fulfil his potential.”