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Mikel Arteta’s Long-Standing Interest in Ruben Neves

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Arsenal is considering midfield reinforcements, and Mikel Arteta‘s longstanding interest in Ruben Neves has sparked transfer speculation. Football transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reports that Arteta has admired Neves for years. Moreover, he has frequently discussed him with Arsenal’s top management.

Midfield Woes at Arsenal and Neves Interest

Arsenal’s midfield struggles have led the club to seek solutions. Moreover, Kai Havertz‘s role hasn’t produced expected results, and Thomas Partey’s fitness issues persist. Furthermore, the winter transfer window offers a chance for Arsenal to strengthen their squad.

Arteta’s interest in Ruben Neves is well-documented by Fabrizio Romano who revealed the manager’s admiration for the Portuguese player. This is since his Wolverhampton Wanderers days. Arteta has consistently recommended Neves to Arsenal’s directors and technical director Edu for the past two to three years. Ruben Diogo da Silva Neves has impressive defensive and midfield skills. He currently plays for the Saudi Pro League club Al-Hilal and is a member of the Portugal national team.

Neves’s journey with Portugal’s national team started in the youth ranks. He made over 60 appearances across various age groups. Neves made his senior team debut at 18 in 2015. He participated in major tournaments like Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup. Thus highlighting his status as a key player in Portuguese football.

Arteta’s Influence on Arsenal’s Transfer Strategy

While no current negotiations for Neves are underway, Arteta’s influence on Arsenal’s transfer strategy is clear. His endorsement of Neves and history of informed decisions have earned him trust within the club. Arteta’s belief in Neves as a key addition could shape Arsenal’s actions in the January transfer window.

Moreover, Arsenal is at a crossroads regarding Ruben Neves, a player Mikel Arteta has long been interested in. Arteta’s confidence in Neves’s abilities could significantly impact Arsenal’s January transfer plans as they aim to improve their midfield. Although negotiations haven’t started, Arteta’s vision and influence could lead to Neves joining Arsenal soon.

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