Prominent football journalist Fabrizio Romano has named one player that he would love to see playing for Arsenal.
The Gunners are currently top of the Premier League this season, with nine wins from their 10 matches. Following Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, Arsenal go into the next set of fixtures four points ahead of Pep Guardiola’s side, who are second.
The London club made a number of shrewd moves in the transfer market over the summer. Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko signed from City.
Jesus has been superb for Mikel Arteta’s side, scoring five goals and adding three assists in 10 league games. His direct running and skill has provided problems for defences, as well as his ability to bring team-mates into play.
Zinchenko, meanwhile, also started his Arsenal career brightly, but has missed seven of the last 10 games through injury.
But one issue fans still have is the extent of the depth in some parts of the squad, with midfield seen as an area that the Gunners could add to. They launched a bid to sign Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa on deadline day, which was rejected by the Midlands club.
The Premier League leaders have also long been linked with another midfielder – and Romano believes he could be a perfect fit.
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Speaking in his CaughtOffside column, Romano named the midfielder he would like to see at the Emirates Stadium.
He said: “They [Arsenal] will keep going step by step, game by game with the aim to improve the whole project with new contracts, new players in the future, and more.
“They will be ready in case there will be good opportunities; midfielder and winger were two possibilities considered in the summer and still in the potential plans, but it depends on the players.
“I think Arsenal need at least one more midfielder to help Arteta’s rotation. I’d have loved to see Youri Tielemans there.”
Currently playing for Leicester, Tielemans is in the last year of his contract at the King Power Stadium. That means foreign clubs are free to begin pre-contract talks in January.
This only applies to English clubs when the Belgian enters the final month of his deal. However, if he cannot agree a new deal with Leicester, the Foxes may try to sell him for a cut-price sum in the next window.
A good passer, with strong physicality and an eye for goal, Tielemans’ profile means he would add an extra dimension to Arsenal in central midfield. He could be a top target for the Gunners in the months to come.