Miguel Almiron, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal, will ‘certainly’ play in the Premier League according to his agent who was speaking to a Paragyuan radio station.

Miguel Almiron currently plays in the MLS for Atlanta United and has been linked with a move to Arsenal over the past few months. In fact, so strong were the rumours that he was going to join Arsenal that his hamstring imploded at the thought.

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 05: Midfielder Miguel Almiron #10 of Atlanta United dribbles during the game against the New York Red Bulls at Bobby Dodd Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 05: Midfielder Miguel Almiron #10 of Atlanta United dribbles during the game against the New York Red Bulls at Bobby Dodd Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Well, exploded might be a bit hyperbolic, but it says something when a player, who has had one recorded injury in his career, had to be replaced 30 minutes into the first game after his name was firmly linked with the Gunners.

That was back in October when it was claimed that Almiron had played his last game for the Five Stripes.

Also in October, Fox Sports announced that Arsenal have agreed an £11.5m deal to sign the goalscoring attacking midfielder. That was followed up by a clarification from his agent that hinted at contact but said nothing was formal.

His latest comments hint that nothing much has changed.

Chile's Marcelo Diaz (L) and Paraguay's Miguel Almiron vie for the ball during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match, in Santiago, on August 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Claudio Reyes
Chile’s Marcelo Diaz (L) and Paraguay’s Miguel Almiron vie for the ball during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match, in Santiago, on August 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Claudio Reyes

“There is still nothing concrete,” Daniel Campos said on AM1080, “but he will surely play certainly in the Premier League.”

Almiron will reportedly be replaced at Atlanta by Gonzalo ‘Pity’ Martinez from River Plate according to Diego Cora from ESPN. ‘Pity’ is his nickname which instantly makes me think of Theo ‘Unlucky’ Walcott even though it translates to ‘Little Pete’.

The club and fans still expect Almiron to leave in January. There is, however, no certainty it will be for Arsenal as his agent previously said as a work permit could be a major stumbling block for any side in the Premier League.

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