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Arsenal plan assault on Juventus for duo of players

Last Updated on by James King

Despite spending in excess of £100 million in the summer, it appears that Arsenal are already planning further raids in January.

Boss Mikel Arteta has worked wonders to transform the Gunners this season, after a rocky start, though he has since steered them into fourth place against all odds, with the north London side looking organised, disciplined and also ruthless in front of goal.

No doubt a combination of summer signings and Arteta’s influence has played a part on this, as the club look to get back to the glory days that they enjoyed under legendary boss Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal plan assault on Juventus for duo of players

 

Arthur and Kulusevski targeted

While the club have enjoyed a positive season so far, it appears that they do not want to rest on their laurels. As a result Juventus duo, Arthur (deep-lying playmaker) and Dejan Kulusevski (winger) have been targeted.

There is an argument that the Gunners have perhaps lacked a creative spark and a wide attacking threat since the departure of both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez and the Juventus pair could well be the answer.

Although the Juve players are very much part of the future at the Turin side, they have struggled for game time this season under manager Andrea Pirlo, with the Italian focusing more on older, experienced players.

It is understood that Arsenal has already made contact with the club about deals for the players which could cost a combined £50 million – certainly a bargain if both players live up to their potential.

With former player Edu in charge of recruitment at Arsenal, his Brazilian heritage could help to sway compatriot Arthur into convincing the former Barcelona youngster to move to the Emirates Stadium. Meanwhile, Kulusevski who hails from Sweden could be tempted by the opportunity to emulate ex-Gunner and compatriot Freddie Ljungberg, with the two sharing the same positions.

Question marks linger over the futures of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, while, longer-term, players such as Pepe and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (who is past the age of 30) may come under scrutiny.