Arsenal can sign their own Thiago Alcantara amid Mikel Arteta's transfer admission

By Aaron Catterson-Reid

Arsenal could sign their very own Thiago Alcantara in the form of Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

The Gunners are in dire need of reinforcements in the middle of the park, with Mikel Arteta admitting that his side are lacking in that department following Ainsley Maitland-Niles' loan move to AS Roma.

"We are very, very short at the moment", Arteta admitted last week when asked about the decision to let Maitland-Niles leave the Emirates.

"But to be fair, on a player this cannot be the only argument to keep a player, a player that has been developed and raised through our academy and a player that has been very patient to try and fulfil his dream.

"He was very straight with me and I understood the situation. We think it’s a good option. Obviously, we are going to move and we are going to look for options because we are very short."

The north London outfit's need for a midfielder was again seen on Sunday as youngsters Charlie Patino and Albert Sambi Lokonga were the only players available to play behind Martin Odegaard in a 4-2-3-1 system.

Speaking about potential transfer after the loss, Arteta said: "I want to get the best out of the players that we have. I think it’s clear where we need to strengthen. But at the moment it’s what we have and with what we have we have to play."

However, the aforementioned Guimaraes could solve their midfield woes as the Lyon star statistically ranks as one of the most complete midfielders in Europe at the minute, with Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara one of the few midfielders deemed more complete by the below metric.

The graph, which was composed by Twitter user @Petemotz shows that Guimaraes is an elite ball progressor, registering well over 15 progressive passes plus carries per game whilst also maintaining a solid amount of defensive work, averaging around five interceptions plus tacklers per 90 minutes this term.

Guimaraes' game is stylistically somewhat similar to Arsenal's Granit Xhaka, with the two both possessing the ability to dictate the game from deep.

However, the Brazilian is much more mobile than the Swiss captain, meaning a transition to the fast-paced nature of the Premier League wouldn't be much of an issue for him.

The north Londoners have also been linked with a loan move for Paris Saint-Germain ace Georginio Wijnaldum and Juventus playmaker Arthur Melo in recent weeks.


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