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Arsenal Looking To Seal A Move For This Wolves Midfielder: Should Arteta Get Him On Board?

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In a recent report, The Sun revealed that Arsenal are looking to seal a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves this summer. It has been claimed that the Gunners are planning to strengthen their midfield by recruiting the Portuguese talent during the summer transfer period.

Neves’ Decent Form At The Molineux Stadium This Season

The 24-year-old has performed at a decent level for Wolves during this campaign and has continued to dominate the midfield battle alongside Joao Moutinho. Neves has scored two goals and grabbed one assist in 21 matches for Bruno Lage’s team this season across various competitions.

The Portugal international has proven his worth as a valuable midfielder by averaging 2.2 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 1.2 clearances, 1.2 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per game in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

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Should Arsenal Head Coach Mikel Arteta Get Neves On Board This Summer?

Neves is a solid tackler of the ball and can sense the danger quickly to make a few important interceptions at the centre of the park. He doesn’t mind clearing the danger when required and has a wide range of passes in his locker. The Portugal international has got the vision to set up some inviting chances for others around him and can shoot the ball with power and accuracy from long range. However, he can sometimes lack the mobility to get up and down the field.

Still, there is no denying that Neves ticks the right boxes in terms of what Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will look for in the summer transfer market. He has got the defensive mindset and creativity to help the Gunners make a top-four push in the Premier League over the next few years.

The Wolves star has also proven his worth in English football, so he won’t take any time to settle into life at the Emirates Stadium if the North London giants manage to secure his signature. At 24, the future is quite promising for Neves which makes him a solid option for Arteta to pursue this summer. All in all, the Gunners should think about getting the Portuguese sensation on board before the start of the new campaign.

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