Agent announces Arsenal talks for defender, Arsenal told to wrap up 2 deals, Brazilian on way in after Martinelli success
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Arsenal will continue looking for more Brazilian youngsters following Gabriel Martinelli’s success, according to South American football expert Tim Vickery.
The Gunners have one of the best acadamies in the game and are continually on the look-out for that next big thing that can come in, learn the Arsenal way and then push on to challenge for a regular spot in the starting line-up.
Former ARSENAL midfielder Edu returned to the club from the Brazilian Football Confederation last July as technical director, and he has reportedly been scouring his former homeland in search of the best young talent around.
And Vickery believes Gabriel Martinelli could be the first of many unheralded names to arrive at the Emirates Stadium from the Samba nation, after the young Brazilian made a flying start to life at the club.
Martinelli has been an unsung hero for the Arsenal this season and his performances have caught the eye on many occasions, especially as he has also netted an impressive 10 goals in just 21-appearances for the Arsenal.
He told Sky Sports: “They’ve been linked with the captain of Brazil’s Under 23s, Bruno Guimaraes, who is strong midfielder, strong on the ball with a strong personality, has great lung power, perhaps lacks a little bit of a left foot to be a sensation in European football.
“The way the market is going, the European clubs are looking not so much for established stars, they’re looking for the likes of Martinelli. They want to bring them over at 18, 19 and then develop them in Europe.
“The ARSENAL scouting unit are looking for players in Brazil who are by no means household names at the moment.”
Gunners hero Charlie Nicolas has urged Arsenal to sign two new defenders this month
Look despite all the transfer speculation and rumours over the summer window that ex-boss Unai Emery was going to be backed in his chase to land some world class signings, The Gunners once again wasted their money on signing players that are the future, and that are past their best.
And inability to spend the big money on leader-type-players has started to cost the side dearly in the early stages of the season, as the Gunners are well off the pace in the chase to get back inside the Champions League places.
But there have been calls in the media for ARSENALto go out and spend some serious money on players that will come in and make an impact on the side, send a statement to the rest of the Premier League, and improve that back-line.
And with just 2 weeks to go in the transfer window, Nicolas has urged the Arsenal to sign at least two new defenders this month.
‘There’s not much time to go [in the January transfer window], but I’d like to see some defenders in. We need two defenders in,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports.
‘I don’t mean to be disrespectful but you see David Luiz last night and you see the mess Shkodran Mustafi made for the goal. It’s still evident that Arsenal are so bad at the back.
‘Hector Bellerin coming back is obviously a boost but there are problems all over the defensive set-up. We need defenders to come in and help the current situation.’
The agent of Ukraine defender Mykola Matvienko says Arsenal are in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over signing him.
Now we all know that Arsenal spent some serious money during the summer transfer window improving the squad in certain areas of the pitch, with many Gunners fans actually excited about the season ahead under Unai Emery.
But the first half of the season has now passed, Emery has got the sack and Mikel Arteta has inherited a side that is lacking in quality all over the pitch, meaning that he needs to spend some more cash trying to get the players he needs to succeed as boss of the Arsenal.
And one area of the pitch that has been identified as a key area of importance, is that of defence, as the club has continually shipped goals with silly mistakes by a back-line that is relatively experienced in the Premier League.
That has, of course, led to a lot of transfer speculation in the media linking the club with a number of possible transfer signings, but rather than sign a big name, it seems that the Gunners are once again trusting their scouts and has reportedly opted to open talks with Donetsk about a deal for Matvienko
The 23-year-old came through Shakhtar’s academy and made his first-team debut for the Ukrainian club in 2015.
Matviyenko, who has been capped 20 by Ukraine, has also been linked with a move to Manchester City having played against them in the Champions League earlier this season.
But now his agent Yuriy Danchenko has told Ukrainian media: “Recently, my colleagues and I have been constantly in contact with representatives of the Arsenal, and have had meetings. The Gunners have already contacted Shakhtar, and we hope that these negotiations will succeed.”
Look, the lad may be talented, the lad may have put in some solid performances this season, he may have caught the attentions of Pep Guardiola, but Arsenal fans want to see impact layers signed, they want ready-made stars that will sort out this defence.
What is wrong with spending some serious money on some serious players with world class credibility?
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