It is now quite evident that Arsenal are planning big for the summer transfer window. Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz is the latest addition to the list drawn up by Arsenal. The Gunners are running for a position in the top four, and are accordingly planning their moves. However, their top four bid hit a low after back-to-back to losses in the league. There were several shortcomings in those defeats, and Mikel Arteta wants to resolve them.
The Gunners’ manager has outlined that the team needs a central-midfielder. After Keiran Tierney’s season-ending injury, Arteta played Granit Xhaka at left-back against Brighton. The move backfired disastrously as Thomas Partey could not dominate the midfield as usual without Xhaka. Arsenal lost 2-1 at home, leaving them in the fifth position in the table.
Arsenal has now added Douglas Luiz to his wish-list for the summer. Currently, the North Londoners lack squad depth, and this needs a solution. As a result, Arsenal want to invest in many positions, acquiring healthy back-ups. Moreover, Luiz is plying his trade in the premier league for a decent time, and would quickly settle-in with the Gunners. Luiz joined the Midlands club in 2019 from Manchester City.
Arsenal target Douglas Luiz anticipating a summer exit from Villa
Douglas Luiz in undoubtedly one of the finest of young players in the premier league. Moreover, the Brazilian was scouted by Manchester City, thus adding more to the excitement. However, he couldn’t establish himself in City’s setup, rather completing two loan moves before finally joining Villa. Aston Villa rejuvenated Luiz who was often named in the starting eleven.
Douglas Luiz, who is now wanted by Arsenal has so far amassed 104 appearances for Aston Villa in just two-and-a-half seasons. Furthermore, 96 of those 104 games have come in the premier league. Therefore, it is safe to say that Luiz won’t be needing an introduction to arguably the most physical league in the world.
This term as well, Luiz has played 27 games for Villa, starting 25 of those. He has further helped with 3 assists and a goal in those 27 outings. However, the question remains, why doest Aston Villa want to sell him? Though Villa manager Steven Gerrard has picked up Luiz whenever available, the Englishman wants an upgrade in that position.
As a result, Douglas Luiz could be cashed-in on if Arsenal comes calling. Moreover, Arsenal’s very own midfielder Granit Xhaka could be on the move in the summer. The Swiss had offers last summer with AS Roma even tabling a bid. Come summer Xhaka could lave, and Arsenal are looking to replace him with Douglas Luiz.
At 23, Douglas Luiz can carve out an excellent career at Arsenal. However, the North Londoners are keeping a tab on Leicester’s Youri Tielemans who is definitely a step above Luiz. Nonetheless, Arsenal currently are focused on finishing in the top four, which could help them with the Douglas Luiz deal.
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