'An Arteta-style player': Sky Sports journalist thinks Arsenal could be about to sign a real 'talent'
Arsenal are reportedly in talks over Arthur Melo, and Sky Sports journalist Tim Vickery thinks he’d suit the Gunners.
According to The Guardian, the Gunners are pushing to land the Brazilian midfielder on loan from Juventus.
The outlet claims Arsenal are willing to cover Arthur’s full salary, and the player himself is reportedly open to joining.
Juve will only let the 25-year-old leave if they can find a replacement, added the report.
Arsenal could certainly do with bolstering their central midfield ranks as soon as possible.
Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are at the Africa Cup of Nations. And Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined Roma on loan.
Arthur has struggled for game time this season, getting just 11 appearances and 426 minutes under his belt for Juve.
He has been a substitute more than a starter since returning from injury in October.
Arthur came on during Juventus’s Supercoppa Italiana defeat by Internazionale on Wednesday night.
“He is a talent”
Speaking to Sky Sports, Vickery spoke of how Arthur was “the great hope” while developing at Gremio.
Although things haven’t worked out for him so far, the South American football expert would love to see Arthur’s career back on track.
“We looked at him and instantly thought Barcelona, he’s made to measure for Barcelona,” Vickery told Sky Sports.
“He went there, started off pretty well but it hasn’t gone well since, now he’s spending most of his time on the bench at Juventus.
“Now I’m told by European-based Brazil correspondents that part of the problem is he went a little bit off the rails with his off-field behaviour.
“But there is a player there and there is an Arteta-style player there perhaps.
“And with his capacity to retain possession, to receive and play the ball on the half-turn, it’d be lovely if his career could be set on the right track because he is a talent.”