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Arsenal Are Showing Interest In This Atletico Madrid Striker: What Will He Add To Arteta’s Side?

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In a recent report, The Daily Record stated that Arsenal are showing interest in Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix. It has been revealed that the Gunners are among the clubs hoping to sign the Portuguese attacker next year.

Felix’s Up And Down Season In The Spanish Capital

Felix is experiencing an underwhelming campaign at the Wanda Metropolitano after struggling to be consistent with his offensive numbers this year. The Portugal international has found the back of the net on four occasions and earned three assists in 18 matches for the Madrid outfit this season in all competitions.

The 23-year-old has caught the eye at times but has made most of his appearances off the bench which could be why he is only averaging 1.6 shots, 0.7 key passes and 0.4 dribbles per game in La Liga. However, he has been sloppy when interchanging possession with his teammates in the opponent’s half, based on his pass success rate of 75.8% in the top tier of Spanish football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the Madrid club is set to run out in the summer of 2026. Hence, the Gunners will have to make a big offer if they want to land the Portugal international next year.

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What Will Felix Add To Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta’s Side?

Felix can be a decent finisher in front of the opponent’s goal when he is playing regularly and with confidence on the pitch. He can shoot the ball purely and with a lot of power. Felix mainly operates as a centre-forward but can also fill in as a left-sided wide player if his manager asks him to do so.

The Portuguese sensation can even set up some good plays for his teammates in the final third. However, he has to figure out a way to be more prolific in front of the opposition goal if he wants to be a success story in England.

We can expect Felix to inject more goals into Mikel Arteta‘s frontline at the Emirates Stadium. He is also good enough to fill in as Gabriel Jesus‘ replacement as the Arsenal striker is currently sidelined for a couple of months due to a knee injury.

At 23, Felix’s best years are ahead of him which makes him an ideal option for the Gunners to consider this January. He will add some much-needed firepower to the North London club‘s first XI and could even help them maintain their Premier League title push this season.

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