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Arsenal Are Leading The Race For This Lyon Playmaker: What Will He Add To Arteta’s Side?

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In a recent report, Media Foot mentioned that Arsenal are leading the race for Olympique Lyonnais playmaker Lucas Paqueta this summer. It has been stated that the Gunners are the favorites to land the Brazilian attacker who is tempted to seal a move away from France in this off-season.

Paqueta’s Impressive Form At The Groupama Stadium

Paqueta has established himself as a top performer in French football as he put in a run of impressive displays for Lyon deep inside the opponent’s half last season. The 24-year-old found the back of the net on 11 occasions and earned seven assists in 43 appearances for the French club in the previous campaign in multiple competitions.

The Brazilian sensation caught the eye by averaging 2.5 shots, 1.2 key passes and 2.3 dribbles per 90 minutes in Ligue 1. He was even quite careful when distributing possession in the final third after making 79.6% of his attempted passes in the French top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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TOKYO, JAPAN – JUNE 06: Lucas Paqueta of Brazil in action during the international friendly match between Japan and Brazil at National Stadium on June 6, 2022, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kenta Harada/Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

What Will Paqueta Add To Arsenal Head Coach Mikel Arteta’s Team?

Paqueta can shoot the ball with power and accuracy from long range and can set up a few inviting chances for others around him in the attacking end of the field. The Brazilian talent is a decent dribbler with the ball at his feet and can retain possession well for his team in the opponent’s half. He is primarily an attacking midfielder but can even play as a box-to-box midfielder or as a centre-forward if needed.

At 24, Paqueta will get even better in the coming seasons, so Arsenal will do well to orchestrate a move to bring him to England during this summer transfer window.

The Brazil international will add more goals and creativity to Mikel Arteta‘s frontline. He has what it takes to help the Gunners challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League next season.

However, it remains to be seen whether he can make a smooth transition to life in English football. Still, the pros outweigh the cons of recruiting Paqueta as he is a player on the rise. Thus, Arteta should try everything in his power to win the race for his services this summer.

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