In a recent report, talkSPORT stated that Arsenal are among clubs hoping to land Aston Villa midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka this summer. It is believed that the Gunners could face competition from Liverpool, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund in pursuit of the English youngster.
Chukwueza’s Impressive Rise At Villa Park Last Season
Chukwuemeka deserves a lot of credit for breaking into Steven Gerrard’s first team last season. However, he struggled to be productive with his contributions going forward.
The 18-year-old made 14 senior appearances for the Villans in the previous campaign, securing one assist in the process across multiple competitions.
Chukwuemeka saw most of his game time come as a substitute which could be why he only averaged 0.6 tackles and 0.5 dribbles per game in Premier League football. However, he distributed the ball relatively well from midfield as he completed 81.7% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).
Arsenal Keeping Tabs On Chukwuemeka: Is He A Prospect For The Future?
Chukwuemeka is a solid tackler of the ball and can use his strength and athleticism to make some powerful runs with the ball from midfield. However, he is still quite raw and would need time to cope with the physical nature of Premier League football.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could be the ideal man to oversee his development over the next few years as the Spanish head coach is not afraid to throw in some of his youngsters if they are good enough to feature in his starting XI.
Chukwuemeka has what it takes to become a future star at the Emirates Stadium as long as he continues to improve his game with each season. He would be a great, long-term signing for the Gunners to pull off this summer.
At 18, the future is quite promising for Chukwuemeka, so there is no doubt that he will be a prospect to watch out for in the future. Therefore, the North London outfit should think about landing him on a bargain fee ahead of the new campaign as the youngster has just got a year left to run in his Aston Villa contract.