Various reports in the Italian media have linked Arsenal with a move for Arthur this winter. Recently, Spanish outlet Marca joined in on the fun.
They believe the Gunners are looking to bolster their midfield in January due to two of their midfielders, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny, missing a month of action with the African Cup of Nations upcoming. Thus, a short-term deal for Arthur could be a smart move.
And while Mikel Arteta’s principles mean the Brazilian will be a better fit at the Emirates compared to Goodison Park, I think the Premier League is a bad move for the 25-year-old altogether.
Arthur is a limited midfielder, but what he’s good at, he’s excellent at. He’s superb in the build-up phase and resisting pressure, but these are attributes that could be compromised should he make the move to England.
It’s very cliché, but the speed and intensity of the Premier League is a different kettle of fish compared to anything the Brazilian has ever encountered on a regular basis. It’d take time for Arthur to acclimatise, rendering a loan move pretty pointless for the Gunners.
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