Arsenal are considering moves for Paris Saint-Germain’s Christopher Nkunku or Charlton Athletic’s Joe Aribo this summer, as they look to fill the gap in their midfield.
Aaron Ramsey is set to leave the club for Juventus in under two months now, and he may not be the only midfielder to depart in the coming transfer window. Mohamed Elneny will reportedly be put up for sale, and Mesut Özil’s future continues to be the subject of speculation despite committing his future to Arsenal repeatedly.
As a result, Football.London report that Arsenal are expected to revive their interest in Nkunku this summer, after trying to sign the versatile midfielder in January. The 21-year-old’s contract expires in 2020, and he’s unhappy with the amount of game time he’s getting with PSG, so he’s likely to push for a reported £17m move this summer.
Joe Aribo is considered as an alternative option by Arsenal. The 22-year-old will be available on a free transfer after running down his contract, and if Charlton don’t make it through the playoffs he’s expected to leave.
Aribo has been in great form towards the end of the season, scoring three goals and providing two assists from midfield in his final four games. The Gunners will have had no trouble getting a close look at the Englishman, as Arsenal loanee Krystian Bielik is currently Aribo’s teammate at the League One side.
Personally, I’d have my doubts about signing a 22-year-old League One midfielder when Arsenal already have 19-year-old Joe Willock in the academy. Willock has played two games against senior League One opposition this season and scored three goals in those games, as well as scoring twice in his game against League Two opponents Forest Green.
If Willock can score just as regularly as Aribo against lower league opponents, albeit from a much smaller sample size, perhaps Arsenal should just give him a chance in midfield. We’ll see what Unai Emery decides this summer.