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A year on from Arsenal links, Christopher Nkunku is now flourishing for RB Leipzig

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A year on from Arsenal links, Christopher Nkunku is now flourishing for RB Leipzig

Little was made of Arsenal failing to land Christopher Nkunku last year, but the midfielder has steadily been showing it was actually a bit of an oversight by the club

The Gunners reportedly attempted to loan Nkunku from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2019, with Unai Emery keen to link back up with a player he obviously knew well from his time at the Parc des Prince.

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BBC Sport reported the Frenchman was a target for the north Londoners, but a move never materialised, with Nkunku staying put until the end of the season.

Last summer, he completed a move to RB Leipzig despite more whispers about a move to the Emirates, and the 22-year-old has since enjoyed a fine campaign for the Bundesliga side.

The 22-year-old has contributed four goals and 10 assists, and has played in a multitude of positions for Julian Nagelsmann, making 28 appearances in total so far.

Perhaps the star is one for Mikel Arteta to keep an eye on from now until the end of the season.

 

TBR’s view – Arsenal should keep tabs

Nkunku really has impressed a lot during his time in Germany, and it should be within Arsenal’s interests to watch the player closely ahead of the summer transfer window.

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They couldn’t land him last year, but perhaps a new opportunity will arise at the end of the season.

His wonderful versatility would surely be appreciated by Arteta, and having another left-footer would be good for balance.

Nkunku does everything generally very well – WhoScored report he has an 86% pass completion rate and makes 2.5 key passes per 90.

Earlier in the season, Bundesliga.com brought up that the player has drawn comparisons to the more defensive-minded Marco Verratti, which would suggest Arsenal could do a lot worse than to go back in for him this summer.

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