The London giants’ need for a midfielder has become a glaring issue in the ongoing transfer window, with the Spanish manager facing an acute shortage of footballers in the position. With Partey and Elneny away with their national sides at the AFCON, Xhaka suspended, and Maitland-Niles departing for Roma.
The Gunners have been left with Sambi Lokonga as their just viable senior midfielder in the club. Fortunately, their high-profile match with Tottenham was postponed amid a spate of roster issues at Arsenal. The temporary respite from playing is not expected to put them off pursuing midfield targets this month.
Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo recently appeared on their radar, while talks of an ambitious move for Leicester City star Youri Tielemans have gathered momentum. While most of the linked footballers might end up suiting the Gunners’ style under the Spanish manager, Arsenal needs a defensive midfielder to improve its overall quality.
Yves Bissouma’s name has long been mentioned as a possible target for nearly 18 months now. The Gunners were expected to add Mali international last summer but ended up spending a major chunk of their transfer budget on his Brighton teammate Ben White, who has been a revelation this campaign.
With 18 months left on the Malian midfielder’s current contract, the Seagulls’ best time for getting top value could be this month as his price could drop next summer. Kevin Campbell has now urged the Gunners to pay Brighton’s asking price and add the 25-year-old midfielder in the current window.