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Arsenal Are Still Showing Interest In This Crystal Palace Ace: What Will He Bring To North London?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview with Give Me Sport, transfer insider Dean Jones mentioned that Arsenal are still showing interest in Crystal Palace ace Marc Guehi this summer. Jones said,

“The Marc Guehi interest has been there for a while. I don’t know that it necessarily would combine well with any interest from Takehiro Tomiyasu from Palace because Palace have no intention to lose Guehi and value him very, very highly.

“Earlier in the window I was being told of a £60m valuation on him and to be honest at this stage of the window it has probably risen. Guehi himself would even have reservations about how he fits in with Gabriel, William Saliba, Ben White and Jurrien Timber over the course of the season because he definitely needs regular game time to get into the England squad and won’t want to be fighting for his spot on a weekly basis, even at a big club like that.”

Guehi’s Impressive Form In Premier League Football

Guehi had a solid campaign at the South London club recently as he put in a series of impressive displays at the centre of their defence. The English talent made 40 appearances for the Eagles last season, scoring one goal in all competitions.

The 23-year-old was a rock at the back for Palace based on his average of 1.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 3.6 clearances per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He was even accurate when distributing the ball from inside his half after completing 85.5% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

Marc Guehi
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 22: Marc Guehi of Crystal Palace controls the ball during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton FC at Selhurst Park on April 22, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

What Will Guehi Bring To Arsenal?

Guehi is a solid tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to earn the ball back for his side on the defensive third of the pitch. He doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when required and excels at playing his way out from the back.

The English sensation has proven himself to be a reliable performer for Crystal Palace. He already knows the Premier League well and won’t take much time to settle into life at Arsenal if Mikel Arteta can devise a way to get him on board this month.

Guehi will undoubtedly bring more bite and steel to the North London club‘s defence and help the Gunners challenge across all fronts in the coming years.

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