Mikel Arteta and Arsenal were very close to signing Dusan Vlahovic in January, but the current Juventus player will not be answering all of the Gunners’ transfer prayers.
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‘Dusan Vlahovic will be the last piece of the puzzle Arsenal quiz ‘is a frequent saying accompanied by Edu and Mikel Arteta in pursuit of the striker currently playing for Juventus.
Arsenal certainly cannot be accused of not trying. Whether it’s Lucas Torreira or, if reports from Italy are to be believed, £88 million, they throw everything at Fiorentina – Vlahovic and his agents are not convinced, and he was soon sold to Juventus.
Vlahovic could be the perfect answer to problems posed by the unsatisfactory departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He is sure to provide much needed breathing space and relief to the nascent contract situations of Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette.
He could very well be the perfect spearhead for Arsenal’s bright, youthful attack, easy on the eyes, but too weak in front of goal.
However, the last piece of the puzzle he did not. Maybe an important part and an important part, but not the last part.
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His arrival will not strengthen a defense that often becomes flustered when Gabriel Maghalaes and Ben White are split.
Vlahovic is quick, but he won’t be able to lead the front line and kick right back at the same time without Takehiro Tomiyasu.
He is also unable to play as an emergency defensive midfielder with Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka injured and suspended.
And even if the Gunners hand him over from Fiorentina in the January transfer window, will he have the consistency and fearsome longevity to lead Arsenal’s attack on his own?
Without a spectacular comeback, Nketiah and Lacazette will leave the Emirates Stadium without regrets at the end of the season. Vlahovic would truly be a lone striker in every sense of the word.
In a sharp and productive transfer window, Arsenal have progressed from mid-table giants to true front-runners.
Filippo Alfero – Juventus FC)
They ignore the raised eyebrows and particular embarrassment of former players and journalists welcoming their transfer strategy, and continue to follow a rigorous and effective blueprint aimed at talent. raw young but moderately priced in Europe.]
Albert Sambi-Lokonga, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Aaron Ramsdale and Nuno Tavares are all active under European football’s interest, while Martin Odegaard and White are the hottest signings of their £150m.
Aside from the brief discipline from Tavares, every player strengthened the squad overnight.
A small, big-money acquisition like Vlahovic is always exciting, but when Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel is finding out with Romelu Lukaku, they weren’t always the cherry on top.
Expectations and pressure will soar over Emirates Stadium’s iconic Highbury watch, despite the fact that the team isn’t quite ready to challenge the likes of City of Manchester, Liverpooland Chelsea for the big prizes.
It is a team that needs more experience and fighting spirit and those priceless traits are not offered by an £88million striker.
Arteta and Edu appear to be producing something very special at the Emirates, but they have to make sure the grounding pieces are all connected before they pursue that fantasy title-winning piece to the jigsaw.
Next summer’s transfer window will be rife with temptations, but whether it’s through the market or their academy, Arteta and Edu must ensure balance in their core squad, before they pursue contracts of great value.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/arsenal-mikel-arteta-vlahovic-transfer-26249684 Mikel Arteta and Arsenal's transfer plans cannot give way to declared signings