'Ahead': Arsenal lose ground in race to sign 'incredible' player, other clubs ahead of them now - journalist
Arsenal’s first-team squad has jetted off to Dubai to prepare for the resumption of the Premier League.
Mikel Arteta will know how important it is for his side to hit the ground running to maintain their place at the top of the Premier League.
Arteta is now facing a worrying wait to see how bad Gabriel Jesus’ injury is.
His first-choice forward pulled out of the Brazil squad after starting just one of their group games.
A position that Arteta has been keen to improve since the summer is central midfield.
Douglas Luiz was a long-term target, but the Brazilian has now signed a new deal at Aston Villa.
Brown now believes Arsenal are racing to sign Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans, but the pursuit isn’t going to plan.
Arsenal racing to sign Tielemans
Speaking to Give Me Sport about the Belgian, Brown said: “They like this player. He’s going to command quite a lot of interest in the summer because of his contract situation.
“There may be other clubs that are ahead of Arsenal in the queue now, I think there will be quite a few who come in for him.
“I think Tielemans is a great player I think he’d fit really well at Arsenal, but certainly, his representatives know that there is still interest there from the Gunners.”
The ‘incredible’ midfielder will almost certainly be leaving Leicester in the summer.
His contract is set to expire and there appears to be no interest from his side to sign an extension.
Arsenal appeared to be the favourites to sign Tielemans in the summer, but Arteta reportedly had some reservations about his defensive ability.
Newcastle are one club who have been linked with Tielemans in the past, and could have now moved ahead of Arsenal.
Arsenal are now in a race to sign Tielemans with a number of other clubs.
The Gunners have plenty of other options to bring in another midfielder if they end up missing out on Tielemans.
Given how successful Edu’s recent signings have been, they won’t rush into a deal for the 25-year-old unless they’re absolutely sure about him.