Report: Arsenal want ‘exceptional’ 25-year-old signed by 12pm today so he can feature against Spurs
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Report: Arsenal want ‘exceptional’ 25-year-old signed by 12pm today so he can feature against Spurs

Arsenal are reportedly hoping to secure the loan signing of Arthur Melo in time for this weekend’s Tottenham clash.

The Gunners are currently light in midfield, with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny at the Africa Cup of Nations.

In addition, Granit Xhaka’s sending-off for Arsenal against Liverpool means he’s out for three games in all competitions.

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Furthermore, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is on loan at Roma, all of which means Mikel Arteta needs a new central midfielder as soon as possible.

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With Tottenham challenging Arsenal for a top-four spot, there’s so much at stake in Sunday’s north London derby.

Fortunately, it looks as though the Gunners are moving quickly to bring someone in.

According to football.london, the Emirates outfit is hopeful of signing Arthur on loan from Juventus this month.

That said, the outlet claims Arsenal are moving quickly in hope of having the 25-year-old available against Spurs.

The Gunners would have to register Arthur by noon on Friday 14 January for him to be available for selection, as per Premier League regulations.

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Arthur is reportedly a long-term target for Arsenal director Edu, who worked with the midfielder in the Brazil setup.

From 2016 to 2019, Edu was the Selecao general coordinator.

Arthur has struggled for game time this season, getting just 11 appearances and 426 minutes under his belt for Juve.

He wants to be a part of Brazil’s 2022 World Cup squad and to do that, he may need to move elsewhere for regular game time.

Arthur has received plaudits from the likes of Lionel Messi, Thomas Vermaelen and Andres Iniesta, who called him “exceptional”.

Leaving Juve is probably the best course of action for him and he’d certainly get plenty of game time at Arsenal.

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