Arsenal could now go for Declan Rice next summer, Arteta's a fan
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Arsenal could now go for Declan Rice next summer, Arteta's a fan

Arsenal now look set to miss out on their biggest transfer target of the January transfer window.

Chelsea appear to have hijacked a move for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk.

A report from Dean Jones, via Give Me Sport, has given Arsenal hope for the summer.

Mikel Arteta’s side are currently top of the league, and he will want to consolidate that position this month.

If Arsenal can win the league, it will help them attract the very best talent going into the summer.

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Jones now believes that Arsenal could go for West Ham captain Declan Rice in the summer.

He has now said that Arteta is still keen to add a midfielder to the squad, and Rice could be just the man.

The 24-year-old has already made it clear he wants to play in the Champions League.

Arsenal have already put themselves in a brilliant position to return to Europe’s premier competition next season.

Arsenal could go for Rice next summer

Speaking to Give Me Sport about the England international, Jones said: “I do think we should bear in mind from an Arsenal point of view that they are considering their midfield situation and ensuring that they’re strong enough in that area to, first of all, get through this season and then to strengthen in the summer.

“So, it’s not impossible that they go for Declan Rice and they’ll be in a really strong position if they were to win the league.”

The £70m-valued midfielder is playing in a West Ham side that are really struggling right now.

It appears as though Chelsea, who have been linked with Rice for some time, are no longer favourites to sign him.

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If Arsenal could beat their London rivals to Rice, it would be a real boost after losing out on Mudryk.

Arteta is reportedly a big fan of Rice, and he would be a brilliant addition to the squad.

He would add genuine competition to the holding midfield role alongside Thomas Partey.

Rice could also play in Granit Xhaka’s more advanced position given his quality on the ball.

If Arsenal could go for Rice in the summer, it would be a real signal of how far they’ve come.

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