Arsenal urged to drop Youri Tieleman’s transfer and instead sign two others in the January transfer.
Arsenal have been urged to back down in their pursuit of Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans.
The 25-year-old, who will be available on a free transfer this summer, has been extensively linked with a move to Arsenal.
Arsenal’s willingness to hold out or make a low-ball offer to capture his services six months early in the new year is in question.
Emmanuel Petit, a former Arsenal midfielder who played for the club from 1997 to 2000, is “not convinced” that Tielemans will be a good fit for them in the middle of the park.
Instead, he persuaded them to recruit a pair from Brighton, a Premier League opponent.
“They need to be active,” he told Mega Casino. I said a couple of months ago in the English press that there were two or three forwards I think would be phenomenal at Arsenal. St. Maximin, maybe Zaha, and the young guy from Dortmund who played a handful of minutes at the World Cup for Germany, Moukoko, who has been linked with Chelsea recently.
“If we’re talking about midfielders for Arsenal, I know the links are there with Tielemans at Leicester, who I think is a good player but I’m not sure he is what Arsenal needs. I’m a big fan of two players from Brighton: Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo.
“Mac Allister, I said this last season before he won the World Cup, he is a guy that does everything in the midfield. He sets the tempo and carries the ball. Technically, he is very good. He scores goals.
“The guy that sits next to him at Brighton, Caicedo, he is excellent. If Arsenal could take both of those players, two guys who know each other, they would fit perfectly at the club. They would do everything that Arteta wants in midfield. Both of them are young and could form a partnership for years.
“Mac Allister has just won the World Cup. He won Copa America last year. In terms of his experience and maturity, he played almost every single game at the World Cup and he played really well. He is at Brighton! What are Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City doing? Come on! He plays brilliant football.”