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Arsenal Face Stiff Competition For This Leicester City Midfielder: What Will He Bring To North London?

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In a recent report, Het Nieuwsblad (subscription required) claimed that Arsenal are facing stiff competition for Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans. It is understood that the Gunners will have to rival Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid in pursuit of the Belgian international during the summer transfer window.

Tielemans’ Inconsistent Form In English Football

Tielemans is experiencing an up and down campaign as he has struggled to be consistent but has still managed to put in a few productive displays at the centre of Brendan Rodgers’ midfield. The 24-year-old has found the back of the net on six occasions and secured three assists in 26 matches for Leicester this season across all competitions.

The Belgian sensation has given a good account of himself by averaging 1.9 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 1.4 clearances, 2.2 shots, 1.6 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been excellent when distributing the ball from midfield after making 84% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City is challenged by Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on January 19, 2022 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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What Will Tielemans Bring To Arsenal?

Tielemans can do a little bit of everything in the way he operates at the centre of the park. He can get stuck in with a few important tackles to earn the ball back in midfield. The 47-time Belgian international can even offer decent protection for his teammates at the back and is an accurate passer of the ball. He can chip in by scoring the odd goal and has got the ability to create some meaningful openings for others around him.

At 24, Tielemans has got his best years ahead of him, so Mikel Arteta can expect him to make an instant impact at the Emirates Stadium if he can engineer a move to land him this summer.

We can expect Tielemans to bring some energy and dynamism to the Gunners‘ midfield department. He has what it takes to become a real favourite amongst the Arsenal supporters. Thus, the North London giants should think about sealing a move for the Belgian midfield ace when the transfer window commences at the end of this campaign.

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