Arsenal’s Transfer Drama: Pedro Neto Becomes Arteta’s Prime Choice

In a stunning turn of events, Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s manager, reportedly set his sights on Pedro Neto for the upcoming January window. Consequently, this has cast doubt on the rumored interest in Brentford’s star, Ivan Toney. This new twist spices up Arsenal’s transfer endeavor. Not surprisingly, fans’ excitement has soared.

Recent links have tied Arsenal to emerging stars like Arthur Vermeeren of Royal Antwerp and Andreas Skov Olsen from Club Brugge. However, Ivan Toney’s name has flooded the transfer gossip channels. This English striker made headlines with his remarkable 20 league goals before last season’s gambling ban. Naturally, big clubs, such as Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham, have shown keen interest. Arsenal icon Ray Parlour vocally backed a potential Toney transfer to the Emirates. He highlighted the squad’s dire need for a top-notch striker.

The Toney Puzzle

On talkSPORT, Parlour voiced his thoughts. He said,

“Arsenal needs to bolster this position. However, player availability and budget play a pivotal role. Ivan Toney could be an exceptional addition. Time will tell the outcome.”

But recent whispers indicate a change in Arsenal’s game plan. Pedro Neto of Wolverhampton Wanderers now tops Arteta’s list. Budget limits are likely causing this switch. Many view Neto as a more budget-friendly option.

Arteta’s faith in his current attackers, Kai Havertz, Gabriel Jesus, and Eddie Nketiah, is clear. He wants to lessen Bukayo Saka‘s duties by integrating Neto.

Neto: The Rising Star

However, landing Pedro Neto poses challenges. Wolves have reportedly slapped a hefty price tag, hovering around £70 million. Arsenal, on the other hand, hope to strike a deal closer to £40 million. Talks continue. After recovering from a major injury, Neto’s season kickoff has been stellar. He has delivered five assists and a goal in just eight league matches.

Prominent Arsenal reporter Charles Watts shows great excitement for Neto. He labeled the 23-year-old as “electric” and an ideal match for Arteta‘s team. Watts noted Neto‘s Arsenal admiration during his younger years.

Watts commented on Inside Arsenal. He said,

“Pedro Neto has been on Arsenal’s radar. Previous attempts to approach Wolves about Neto didn’t bear fruit. Now, he’s back in the limelight. His pace and skills are impeccable. Neto’s age and talent are perfect for Arsenal. Would I choose Neto? Without a doubt. His childhood admiration for Arsenal could be a factor.”

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