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Juventus Midfielder Keen On A Move To Arsenal: Should Arteta Snap Him Up?

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In a recent report, Calciomercato stated that Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo is keen on a move to Arsenal this month. It has been claimed that the Brazilian talent wants to join the Gunners during this winter transfer window in search of more playing minutes with Mikel Arteta a big admirer of his talents.

Arthur’s Growing Frustrations In Italian Football This Season

Arthur has found first-team opportunities come at a premium at the Turin club during this campaign and has often found himself on Juve’s bench. The Brazilian midfield ace has made 15 appearances for his current employers this season, securing one assist in the process across various competitions.

The ex-Gremio player has seen most of his game time come off the bench which explains why he is only averaging 1.0 tackles, 0.3 key passes and 0.3 dribbles per game in Serie A. However, the 25-year-old has been accurate when distributing the ball with conviction after making 89.4% of his attempted passes in the Italian top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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Should Arsenal Snap Arthur Up This Month?

Arthur can make some decent runs with the ball from midfield and has got the eye to play a decisive pass in the opponent’s half when he is playing at the top of his game on the pitch. He loves a tackle and can scan the danger quickly to make some important interceptions for his team.

The Brazilian talent can shoot the ball with venom from long range and can keep possession ticking with ease at the centre of the park. However, the lack of game time at Juventus has not done his confidence any good.

Arthur could prove to be a shrewd signing for the Gunners to pursue in the final few days of this winter transfer window as he has got what it takes to become an influential member of Arsenal‘s first XI. He will undeniably add more quality to Mikel Arteta‘s midfield and could help the Gunners earn UEFA Champions League football for next season.

At 25, Arthur is yet to enter his prime, so Arteta can expect to get the best out of him. Therefore, the North London giants should think about snapping the Juve midfielder up before the transfer window slams shut next week.

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