Arsenal: Arteta reacts to EL progression
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Arsenal appear to be the frontrunners in the race to sign Brighton star Yves Bissouma. The midfielder has been in fine form at the Amex Stadium this term, helping boost their chances of staying in the Premier League. And while Leicester are keen on the 24-year-old, a move to the Emirates Stadium seems more likely.
Arsenal are keen to add to their midfield this summer.
Uncertainty continues to surround Dani Ceballos, with the Gunners midfielder primed to return to Real Madrid at the end of the campaign.
And Granit Xhaka could yet leave Arsenal despite becoming an integral figure under Mikel Arteta.
With that the case, the north London giants are eyeing a move for Bissouma when the transfer window reopens this summer. Arteta has been impressed by the midfielder, who has helped Brighton boost their chances of staying in the top flight.
Leicester are now in the frame to land the Seagulls star, however, with Brendan Rodgers also a big admirer.
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Yet while that’s the case, Football London claimed in January that Bissouma’s preference would be a move to Arsenal at the end of the campaign.
It’s claimed he would choose to play for the Gunners over any other club, such is his determination to one day move to the Emirates Stadium.
And Arsenal have already laid the foundations when it comes to a potential move for the 24-year-old.
The report said that Arsenal had initiated contact with the player’s agent, Michael N’Cho, about the prospect of signing the midfielder.
And the Gunners are hopeful that, in the future, they’ll have Bissouma operating alongside Thomas Partey in the middle of the park.
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Speaking in January, Brighton boss Graham Potter expressed a belief that his prized asset had all the qualities to excel in the Champions League.
“He’s got that quality (to play in the Champions League), he’s got those attributes that you need at that level,” he said.
“It’s about him being consistent enough to do that. I think he’s made steps with that but there’s still more to do and more to come.
“It’s just nice that our players have taken a step forward, it’s nice for Yves that he’s taken a step forward. You never know anything in football these days.
“But from his perspective, I think he’s happy here, he wants to help the team, so we are quite relaxed about everything.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal go up against West Ham on Sunday.
And Hammers boss David Moyes has claimed it would have been ‘ludicrous’ had the Gunners axed Arteta earlier in the campaign.
“If they had even considered making a change at Arsenal, it would have been ludicrous,” said Moyes, who coached Arteta during the Spaniard’s time as a midfielder at Everton.
“I think it would have been an incredibly stupid thing to do on someone who has already come in and won a couple of trophies. But that would be easily forgotten about, as if that was easy to do.
“Everybody knew he was going to have to take time to change. He’s got to be given an opportunity to do so.
“So, if that had even been considered by the media, or considered by the club, then I can only have seen it as being the wrong decision, because Mikel needs time – as all coaches need – but I think especially when you step into a job like that.
“If anything, you need to be given a bit of opportunity to turn it around.”
Arteta has hailed Moyes by saying: “He was the one that introduced me to the Premier League and he has been a huge influence.
“First of all on a personal level because I think he made me a better person, made me mature in the earlier stages of my career.
“He was the one that introduced me to the Premier League and he has been a huge influence,” said Arteta.
“First of all on a personal level because I think he made me a better person, made me mature in the earlier stages of my career.”
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