Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal facet have an enormous few months forward of them, with full focus on the league earlier than the summer time that follows. The Spaniard has guided his group to fourth within the desk, main the race for a Champions League place by three factors and one sport in hand over fifth-placed Tottenham.
The run of video games has put the Gunners within the highlight for reward in current weeks, with Arteta named Supervisor of the Month for March as a result of his achievement. Nevertheless, the true job is to complete within the high 4 come the tip of the marketing campaign.
Competing within the Champions League creates additional income and will assist appeal to higher-profile gamers in the summertime, nevertheless the supervisor isn’t permitting himself to get carried away, saying earlier final month: “I have a look at the desk with the video games that we’ve remaining. We all know the place we’re however we’ve to look ahead, we’ve to look what we do, give attention to our efficiency and put together for the subsequent match. That’s it as a result of the remaining we’re simply gonna be guessing. I’m not an awesome gambler, I by no means have been, and I don’t wish to gamble now.”
With Manchester United, Chelsea, West Ham and Tottenham all to return earlier than the season involves an in depth, it’s no shock that he’s coy on discuss ending within the high 4. The place they end may additionally dictate the place the facet strengthens in the summertime too.
Whereas a striker seems to be a precedence, plenty of midfielders have been linked with a transfer to the Emirates, one in all whom is Leicester Metropolis’s Youri Tielemans. The Belgian solely has simply over one-year remaining on his contract, opening up the potential for a switch.
The 24-year-old has been a key a part of the Foxes’ meteoric rise in current seasons, changing into a stalwart within the midfield with 23 appearances within the Premier League this season, scoring six and helping twice. He additionally had a key function of their first ever FA Cup triumph, scoring a wondergoal towards Chelsea at Wembley to win the sport 1-0.
Nevertheless, the Telegraph stories that he may very well be set to go away this summer time as a result of his contract scenario, with supervisor Brendan Rodgers setting an asking worth of £25million to let him depart. It may appear to be fairly a cut price for the Gunners in the event that they have been to make a transfer, seeing as he joined Leicester for £40million from Monaco in 2019.
There’s not solely curiosity from Arsenal although because the report claims that Manchester United are equally following the midfielder for a possible switch. However the Gunners have a possible trump card over their Premier League rivals, with Tielemans seeking to play Champions League soccer subsequent season.
It places Arteta and his males within the driving seat, although it stays to be seen precisely the place they are going to end on the finish of the season. There may be additionally mentioned to be some curiosity from Liverpool and Actual Madrid for the participant.
With the summer time switch window simply on the horizon, will probably be useful for the Gunners now they know the worth of Tielemans to allow them to modify their plans accordingly. What issues for the meantime although is the league and what that may convey earlier than the tip of the season.