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Arsenal Keeping Close Tabs On Juventus Ace: Can He Solve Arteta’s Attacking Problems?

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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.

As per Tuttojuve, Arsenal are in the market for Dejan Kulusevski. The Gunners are among three Premier League clubs to have expressed interest in the Juventus forward as the English sides look to make full use of their financial firepower to prise away the Swedish international. The other two clubs involved in the pursuit are Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Dejan Kulusevski: What Can He Add To The Table?

Formerly of Atalanta, Dejan Kulusevski joined Juventus in January for a fee of €35 million but spent the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Parma. He arrived in Turin last summer, going on to feature in 35 league encounters, scoring four goals and providing three assists in the process.

A right-winger by trade, Kulusevski is regarded as a versatile forward. He is a tactically flexible operator, who can effortlessly switch between positions during the proceedings. As such, he can play almost anywhere in the final third, including the centre-forward position, which is quite prevalent in his role with the Swedish national team.

Thanks to his pace and dynamism, the 21-year-old is a scourge for defenders on the counter. But he is also proficient in getting to the byline and providing dangerous crosses into the box. Standing at 1.86m, it is not easy to shrug the Juventus star off the ball either, making him a well-rounded attacker in the final third.

Kulusevski is yet to establish himself as a first-team starter at Juventus. But with Aaron Ramsey and Paulo Dybala facing an uncertain future at the club, he is tipped to become the face of the potential Juve attack, alongside the talismanic Federico Chiesa.

Arsenal are in the market for Dejan Kulusevski - One for the future?
Italy: Visits for Juventus players at J Medical Dejan Kulusevski arrives at J Medical in Turin for medical examinations before the start of the new season Turin Piedmont/Turin Italy Copyright: AlbertoxGandolfo

A Good Option For Arsenal?

Whether or not Kulusevski will remain in Turin remains a question, especially with Arsenal waiting on the wings. There is no secret that the Gunners are on the hunt for talented forwards, who can prove to be an upgrade over the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah.

The Juventus ace fits the bill perfectly for multiple reasons. Although he may not be a fully-fledged centre-forward, his versatility in the final third should open a lot of avenues for Mikel Arteta from a tactical perspective.

For one, it will allow the Spaniard to deploy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in his favoured number nine role, with Kulusevski operating out wide alongside Bukayo Saka. This new system should offer better variety and pace for Arsenal, ultimately making them much more lethal on the counter.

At the age of 21, Kulusevski also has time on his side, thus making him a smart long-term investment for the Gunners. Unfortunately, the club’s lack of participation in European competition might make it difficult for them to appease the Swedish international, especially when Liverpool are also interested.

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