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Arsenal Face Stiff Competition For Benfica’s Star Forward: Should Arteta Bring Him To Emirates?

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Arsenal are set to receive a significant boost in their efforts to sign Darwin Nunez this summer after Newcastle United leave the race, with Manchester United likely to give stiff competition, according to a report by Metro.

Darwin Nunez’s Impressive Campaign For Benfica

Following a high scoring campaign at Almeria in Spain’s second division in 2019, Nunez was signed by Portugal giants Benfica in 2020 for a club-record fee of £21.8 million. The Uruguayan forward’s prolific form this season has captured attention from right across Europe.

Even in this term, the 22-year-old has looked to impress with an awe-inspiring tally of 31 goals and four assists over 36 appearances for the Portuguese team on all fronts. Averaging 2.6 shots, 0.9 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per game, the forward has proved to be an offensive threat in the final third.

The Benfica number nine has outshone himself from the previous season, significantly adding to the scoresheet in a profound manner (stats via Whoscored).

Darwin Nunez of Benfica linked to Arsenal
Sporting’s Portuguese midfielder Joao Palhinha (L) vies with Benfica’s Uruguayan forward Darwin Nunez (R) during the Portuguese League football match between Sporting CP and SL Benfica at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on April 17, 2022. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP) (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/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/).

What Could He Bring to Arsenal?

Arsenal are still to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who joined Barcelona in January. They are also on the verge of losing Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah this summer, as their contracts expire at the end of the season. The Gunners are in desperate need of a striker, and Darwin Nunez fits the bill perfectly.

At 22, he established himself as one of the top strikers in Europe. With the forward’s best days ahead of him, he has the talent to reach greater heights. The Benfica star can go on to have a beautiful partnership with Bukoya Saka, who is performing exceptionally and has been in great form. Nunez can hold the ball, look to get past defenders with his dribble and with his pace, he can convert the chances that could be created with Martin Odegaard’s brilliance.

Arsenal should go all out for the Uruguayan forward amidst stiff competition from Manchester United. Mikel Arteta would be wise to bring him to Emirates Stadium this summer with his plans for competing in the Champions League. Nunez can help Arsenal both in the Champions League and in the race for the English top-flight over the next few years.

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