Arsenal are considering a move for a 22-year-old midfielder from League One who has been compared to Patrick Vieira.
Joe Aribo currently plays for Charlton Athletic and has six goals and two assists in 26 league appearances from a central midfield position
Arsenal have been scouting the player quite a bit according to a number of reports and the dual-nationality youngster (England/Nigeria) is represented by Emeka Obasi, Alex Iwobi’s agent.
Speaking back at the end of 2016, when Aribo signed a new two-and-a-half year contract with the Addicks, manager Karl Robinson said, “Joe is like a young Patrick Vieira in some ways with his leggy range, quality and appetite to get around the pitch. From the moment I walked in the door, I was told about him. I’ve trusted him and when he started against MK Dons in the FA Cup I thought he was one of the best players on the pitch.
“It was important that we wrapped Joe’s contract up very quickly. I’m ecstatic about his future; Charlton have a rich history of developing young players and I’m sure that he’s got the ability to get to the top.”
Aribo’s contract expires in the summer and he would then be available for free. Arsenal would, however, have to pay a training compensation fee.