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£40m midfielder Arsenal reportedly snubbed has started just 5 PL games, but he's already outshining Lacazette

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Arsenal decided to not make a move for then-Lyon star Bruno Guimaraes in January, which opened the door for Newcastle United to secure his signature.

The Brazilian midfielder was one of the best in Ligue 1 during his time there. A big move to a superior league was always just a matter of time, and Edu Gaspar’s presence at Arsenal made many believe they had an edge.

The Gunners’ technical director wanted to sign Guimaraes back in January 2020 when the midfielder was still at Athletico Paranaense. Lyon won that race, but Edu tried to sign him again at the start of this season. Sadly, that deal didn’t materialise either.

The Telegraph revealed this week that Arsenal decided against signing Guimaraes in January because they didn’t have the funds. They wanted to wait until the summer, which made it easy for Newcastle to get him. Now, Mikel Arteta must be kicking himself.

Bruno Guimaraes is outshining Lacazette after Arsenal snub

The talented Brazilian has become a fan favourite at St James’ Park since his move to Newcastle from Lyon in January. Apart from flair and technical quality on the ball, Guimaraes has brought goals to the Magpies as well.

The 24-year-old has only started five times for Newcastle in the Premier League this term and has already scored three times. That’s the same amount of goals he managed in 71 appearances for Lyon, which shows just how good he has been since his January switch.

Arsenal, on the other hand, are really struggling for goals. Their main man, Alexandre Lacazette, has scored just two goals from open play in the Premier League all season – one less than Guimaraes, who the Gunners decided not to sign in the January transfer window.

The fact that a central midfielder playing for Newcastle United, who has started just five times, is outscoring Lacazette in open play in the Premier League this season, is a real cause for concern for Arsenal.

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Big mistake by the Gunners?

Newcastle forked out £40 million for Arsenal-linked Bruno Guimaraes (Sky Sports), which is a lot of money in the winter window. The Gunners splashed over £125 million last summer and it’s understandable why they were reluctant to spend more money in January. However, that decision is proving to be a disastrous one now.

Thomas Partey suffered a terrible injury and it looks like the Ghanaian will not be back this season. That’s one of the biggest reasons why Arsenal are yet to win a game this month and there’s now a big hole in the middle of their park.

If Mikel Arteta had bought Guimaraes in January, Arsenal would surely be in a much better place now. He may have added a few goals as well – something the Gunners are really struggling with over the last few weeks.

The decision to not sign Guimaraes or any other midfielder in January could cost Arsenal the top four now, which really is a shame for Arteta and co.

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