Mikel Arteta has given Arsenal the green light to pursue a deal for Club Brugge’s Noa Lang as the Gunners plan a formal offer worth around £25m, according to the Daily Mail.
Fichajes first broke the story in September reporting that the Gunners were interested in signing the highly-rated winger and now the Arsenal boss appears to have given the green light for the Dutchman’s arrival.
However, the report named Leicester City as one of the other clubs also interested in Lang which poses a difficult decision for Arteta to make.
The 22-year-old winger has three goals and four assists in the Belgian first division for Brugge this season which offers a glimpse into the profile of player Arteta is looking to prise to the Emirates, especially when the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Emile Smith Rowe have directly contributed towards just five goals this season.
Despite Arsenal targeting Lang to bolster Arteta’s ranks on the flanks, the Spaniard has been told that his solution to nursing the goal-scoring winger dilemma is closer to home.
Bailey Keogh, Chris Davison and Tom Canton spoke live on The Arsenal Way YouTube channel to discuss the Gunners’ recent links to Lang and whether Arteta has a solution closer to home that he can use to fix his attacking problem.
Davison kickstarted the discussion by noting how Arsenal have Martinelli on the bench who is simply withering away, waiting to be handed valuable minutes.
“We have Gabriel Martinelli who isn’t getting any game time and I’d like to see more of him because we know the talent he carries, the potential he has and the difference he can make throughout 90 minutes as well,” he said.
“He has obviously struggled with a few injury problems, a few setbacks and struggled to stamp his place in the side but would bringing in another winger when we have Martinelli sat there be worth it?
“He’s such a big talent with a big future and he’s just sitting on the bench every week not getting much game time.”
Davison then added by questioning the reason behind Lang’s potential arrival, claiming that if the club is certain he can drastically improve the side’s output then that’s fine but he was unconvinced and worried it could upset the team morale.
“When I say I’m open to another attacker coming in, if it is a winger the club has identified to improve our chance creation and goals scored then I’d be happy with that.
“But it’s got to be a decision that doesn’t have much of an impact on other players in the team. You have to be pretty sure Lang will make a big difference to our season.”
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