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Arsenal Identify This Wolves Star As Their Latest Target: Should Arteta Get This Done?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Daily Mail, Diogo Jota has been identified as the latest target for Arsenal. The Gunners are reportedly looking to sign a new winger as they prepare for a potential squad overhaul in the summer. Jota has impressed the onlookers with his performances for Wolverhampton Wanderers but has a contract with the club until 2022.

Jota’s success at Wolves

Jota has been one of the most consistent performers for Wolverhampton Wanderers ever since their promotion to the top flight. In fact, the player has been involved in over 60 goals in just 120 competitive matches, since joining the club back in 2017. While his contributions were critical behind Wolves’ promotion, he has continued to supply the attack in the Premier League as well.

This season, in particular, Jota has scored six goals and provided one assist in 27 Premier League matches. Although that might seem underwhelming for a player of his calibre, it is fair to point out that Wolves, as a team, often rely on a target man, as far as goalscoring is concerned.

That is why Jota is the second-highest scorer for the club this season. The Portuguese international has also averaged a respectable 2.2 dribbles per game, which is overshadowed by his teammate Adama Traore, who is often regarded as one of the best dribblers in Europe right now.

Moreover, Jota’s tally of 55 shots on goal is the second-highest in the team, just behind top scorer Raul Jimenez. And more importantly, he has attempted over two tackles per game, which is truly an impressive tally for an attacker.

Stat courtesy: Whoscored

Is Jota the right option for Arsenal?

Jota’s successes at Wolves suggest that he is ready to take the next step in his career. A dynamic individual, the 23-year-old is an ideal fit for the Gunners, given his aggression and willingness to hurry the opposition, which is indicated by his statistics.

Aside from that, Jota is also proactive when it comes to testing the goalkeeper. And given his positioning knowledge, he could thrive under Mikel Arteta’s possession-based game at Arsenal. Not to mention, he has already gained quite a lot of experience in English football, making him a less risky option in the market.

Indeed, Jota’s potential inclusion to the Arsenal setup would not only make the Gunners much more competent in the first line of the press, but it could also boost their depth in the offensive department.

However, Wolves are unlikely to let go of their star individual that easily and it will definitely be difficult for the north London giants to get hold of Jota this summer.

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