Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has reportedly requested the membership to signal Al-Hilal midfielder Ruben Neves when the switch window reopens in January.
The Gunners made reinforcements in the summertime, bringing in midfielders Declan Rice from West Ham United and Kai Havertz from Chelsea. Following a powerful second-placed end within the Premier League final season, the Gunners have seemingly continued from the place they left off.
They’re third within the standings after 12 video games however solely a degree behind defending champions and present leaders Manchester Metropolis (28). Arteta goals to launch a sustained cost for the Premier League title and likewise go deep of their first UEFA Champions League in six years.
As per Spanish outlet Sport (by way of Soccer fancast), the Gunners boss has requested his membership to snap up Neves. The Portuguese left Premier League aspect Wolverhampton Wanderers in a shock transfer this summer season to affix Saudi Professional League leaders Al-Hilal.
Arteta sees Neves as a possible alternative – maybe an improve – on Thomas Partey who has struggled with type and accidents just lately. Having made simply 5 appearances throughout competitions this season, the Ghanian is down the pecking order on the Emirates and is predicted to go away in January for pastures anew.
Nonetheless, the Gunners may must fend off fellow Premier League aspect Newcastle United, who’re additionally within the fray for Neves.
What did Julen Lopetegui say about Arsenal-target Ruben Neves?
Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Julen Lopetegui has mentioned extremely of Arsenal goal Ruben Neves, who now plies his commerce within the Saudi high flight for Al-Hilal.
In his first season in cost on the Molineux final season, Lopetegui took Wolves to a Thirteenth-placed league end, however Neves was one of many high performers. In 41 appearances throughout competitions, the 26-year-old registered six objectives and an help. All of the purpose contributions got here in 35 league outings.
Lopetegui mentioned concerning the Portuguese midfielder final season (as per the aforementioned supply):
“Ruben is an important participant for us and now he is able to play. It’s excellent news for us, for certain. He’s an excellent participant, a really full participant and vital for the dressing room and on the pitch.”
In 17 appearances for his present aspect, Al-Hilal, the Arsenal goal has scored twice and offered an help. Al-Hilal are atop the Saudi Professional League standings with 35 factors from 13 video games, 4 forward of second-placed Al-Nassr.