Mikel Arteta dream Arsenal £58m La Liga transfer proves he is the perfect Thomas Partey partner – Bailey Keogh

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Arsenal’s recent interest in signing Frenkie De Jong ahead of next season is certainly justified. The Dutchman has proven why he would be the perfect midfield signing for the Gunners ahead of next season.

According to the Mirror, Arsenal have joined the race against Manchester United to sign De Jong in the summer transfer. This comes days after transfer expert Fabrizio Romano had reported that the Manchester side had initiated contact with Barcelona to sign him.

De Jong would be a dream signing for the Gunners ahead of the next campaign. Last season’s statistics highlight why he would elevate Arsenal’s midfield.

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For the 2021/2022 season, De Jong topped the list for the highest take-on success rate compared to any other player in the top five leagues in Europe with 85%. Thomas Partey falls second on this list with 81%.

The Gunners needs a midfielder alongside Partey who has excellent ball retention and can progress successfully with the ball. Aside from his excellent passing, this is De Jong’s biggest strength which highlights why he would be the perfect signing for Arsenal.

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Despite the clear links between Erik ten Hag’s recent Manchester United appointment and the possible chance of a reunion with De Jong after spending time at Ajax together, the midfielder has already given Mikel Arteta a hint on why he could be willing to join the Gunners over the Manchester side.

Speaking to Voetbal International back in 2019, he said: “I actually thought Arsenal was pretty beautiful in the past.

“In my mind, I have had the following list for a long time: Ajax-Arsenal-Barcelona, call it the Marc Overmars route. But yes, if you can go directly to Barcelona, then you are also right where you want to be. Faster than you ever dared to dream.”

Arsenal could be left short in midfield this summer, football.london understands that Roma are expected to make a fresh attempt to sign Granit Xhaka at the end of the season.

De Jong would be an excellent signing by Arsenal and it is a deal they should be pursuing. The Gunners will need strengthening in the midfield position, and the Dutchman would be an ideal candidate judging by the types of midfielders that Edu has been targeting ahead of next season, and the fact that he is available for such a bargain, as Spanish outlet El Chiringuito claimed he is available for £58million.

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The 24-year-old joined Barcelona in 2019 and has been one of the standout players since arriving from Ajax, but has struggled to stamp his mark on the club due to external issues surrounding Barcelona. He would be the perfect partner in midfield for Thomas Partey , and the two would create a dominant midfield for Mikel Arteta, who is currently in desperate need of a player in the middle of the park who can control football matches.

Having both Partey and De Jong in Arsenal’s midfield would easily make the Gunners strong contenders to qualify for the Champions League next season. It is for this reason that Edu should be registering interest in the Dutch midfielder.

Source by Football London

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