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Arsenal Join Race For This Exciting Ligue 1 Sensation: Will He Fit Arteta’s Philosophy?

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Chandra Moulee Das
Statistician turned sports analyst and your next-door Arsenal fan.

In a recent development coming out of Emirates, Arsenal are in pursuit of 19-year-old Ligue1 sensation Hugo Ekitike, Calciomercato.it reported earlier today. However, the Gunners face stiff competition to secure the French international’s signature with the likes of AS Roma, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham having shown strong interest in the youngster. 

Arsenal have lost Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah could follow the Gabon striker out of North London when their current deals expire in the summer. The Gunners are therefore on the lookout for two centre-forwards as Mikel Arteta aims to put the finishing touches to his first-team squad overhaul.

Reports too have surfaced this week claiming Benfica’s Darwin Nunez has emerged as a new target on the Arsenal boss’ radar. While there are other experienced attackers on Arteta’s shopping list, the report insists the Gunners are strongly eyeing Ekitike who have shown glimpses of potential.

Hugo Ekitike
Rennes’ French defender Warmed Omari (R) fights for the ball with Reims’ French midfielder Hugo Ekitike during the French L1 football match between Stade Rennais FC and Stade de Reims at The Roazhon Park Stadium in Rennes, western France on September 12, 2021. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images) The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

Why Hugo Ekitike fits Arteta’s philosophy?

A tour of the horizon of Hugo Ekitike to understand what really moves this young talent is his nimble footwork and killer instinct for the goal inside the box. The dynamic striker has had a solid season so far and has already netted 10 goals and 3 assists in 24 league appearances. 

Mikel Arteta, ever since taking over the reins at Emirates, has been very keen and specific in promoting youth and club talents. The 19-year-old striker from Reims fits the bill, giving him adequate time to entrench himself and understand the philosophy of football the club stands for. 

The Reims striker is objectively one of the most interesting talents in French football currently and these stats have attracted the attention of many top European clubs, including Arsenal, who are in dire need of new attackers.

Arsenal been the best breeding ground for young talents in Europe for some time now, and that reputation could help them sign more talents from around the continent.

Ekitike will be spoilt for choice if he decides to leave Reims, but Arsenal’s reputation for being one of the best teams to act as a springboard and develop young talents could just help Arteta win the race for his signature.

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