Arsenal move ‘in the pipeline’ for €70m-rated winger after the Gunners lodge bid for another star

Date published: Friday 12th August 2022 10:31 - Joe Williams

Arsenal target Moussa Diaby runs away from a defender

Arsenal could make a bid for Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby as they look to strengthen their attacking options, according to reports.

The Gunners have already invested well this summer with Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos all arriving.

A returning William Saliba – who won the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year last season on loan at Marseille – is another welcome addition to Mikel Arteta’s squad for this campaign.

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Arsenal could still strengthen down the flanks with quite a few wingers linked to the Premier League club, including Leverkusen’s Diaby.

The 23-year-old contributed 13 goals and 12 assists in 32 Bundesliga appearances last campaign, while he also provided four goals and two assists in eight Europa League matches.

Those performances have turned a number of heads around Europe but particularly at Arsenal, where But! Football Club insist that Arteta ‘strongly likes’ Diaby.

Arsenal have a ‘soft spot’ for the France international but Leverkusen are currently in the driving seat with Diaby having three years left on his contract at the club.

That means Leverkusen can demand what they like but ‘an offer of €70m could make it possible’ for Arsenal to seal his transfer this summer.

The Gunners hierarchy ‘do not necessarily intend to pay such a sum, but an offensive is still in the pipeline’ and Diaby ‘sees himself joining’ international team-mate Saliba at the Emirates Stadium.

One winger who Arsenal have already reportedly bid for is Villarreal’s Yeremi Pino with Nacional claiming that the Gunners have put a bid of €45m ‘on the table’.

The Spaniard ‘refused to leave’ Villarreal last summer when he had interest from Real Madrid ‘but now he is ready to make the leap and knows that at Arsenal he can become one of the franchise players’.

Mikel Arteta recently made Martin Odegaard the new Arsenal captain but Granit Xhaka believes he can help lead the team without the armband.

“I don’t feel like a grandfather but if I see the guys like 18, 17 they come up (into the first-team) and I feel sometimes ‘f**k me … I’m 29′,” Xhaka said earlier this week.

“No, that’s a joke. I feel very good. After what happened with me two and a half, three years ago I tried to come back as strong as possible with the new guys as well. I give them respect.

“They give me respect as well. I try to treat everyone the same, it doesn’t matter the age.

“Of course you don’t need it (the captaincy). Everyone can see the leaders in this team. Of course you need a captain for the team when we need him. But I don’t believe a lot in the armband.

“I have a lot of good relationships with the guys. It doesn’t matter what nationality they are. If they need me, they know I am always here trying to help with the experiences I already had. And until now I think we’re doing a good job.”


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