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Arsenal Offered A Chance To Recruit This Wolves Midfielder: What Will He Add To Arteta’s Team?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Sun stated that Arsenal have been offered a chance to recruit Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves. It has been claimed that the Gunners have been handed an opportunity to sign the Portugal international during this summer transfer window.

Neves’ Impressive Form In Premier League Football This Season

Neves has enjoyed another solid campaign at the Molineux Stadium as he has put in a run of solid performances at the heart of Wolves’ midfield. The 26-year-old registered six goals and grabbed one assist in 41 matches for the West Midlands club last season in various competitions.

The Portuguese sensation has anchored the midfield with conviction by averaging 2.3 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 2.3 clearances, 1.9 shots and 0.9 key passes per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has even been tidy when distributing possession from midfield after making 84% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Wolves will run out in 2024. Hence, it makes sense for the Gunners to arrange a move to sign him on the cheap in this off-season.

Ruben Neves
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers takes a free kick during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton FC at Molineux on May 20, 2023 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

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

Neves is a good tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to earn the ball back for his team at the centre of the park. He doesn’t mind clearing the danger when the opposition are on the offensive and is a tidy passer of the ball as well. Neves is primarily a defensive midfielder but can also fill in as a box-to-box midfielder if asked to do so by his manager.

The Portuguese sensation can strike the ball with venom and accuracy from long range. He has also got a wealth of experience in the Premier League and won’t take any time to settle into life at the Emirates Stadium next season.

We can expect Neves to add more bite and steel to Arsenal‘s midfield department and help them challenge across all fronts over the next few years. He would also offer some serious competition for Jorginho, Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey at the North London club.

At 26, Neves is about to enter his prime, so Mikel Arteta can expect to get the best out of him in the coming seasons.

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