Mikel Arteta will have to wait for Arthur Melo to agree to an Arsenal loan.
Arenal may decide to hold off on bringing in Juventus flop Arthur Melo on loan for the rest of the season while the Old Lady searches for a replacement in the midfield.
Arsenal is willing to wait in order to complete a loan deal for Juventus misfit Arthur Melo.
Mikel Arteta, the Gunners’ manager, wants the 21-cap Brazil international to add competition for midfield spots for the remainder of the season.
However, even though the player has agreed to the change, his club will not release him until a replacement has been found.
Arsenal, who will pay a small loan fee and fully cover the 25-year-old’s wages, are willing to wait.
Thomas Partey and Mo Elneny are both at the Africa Cup of Nations, so the Gunners are in need of cover right now.
However, Arteta, who is unlikely to spend a lot of money in this window, sees Arthur as a player who can contribute even after they return, and he is willing to wait.
Only three times this season has the former Barcelona midfielder started for Juve in Serie A.
While he has a contract with the team until 2025, his long-term future there is uncertain.
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Meanwhile, Arsenal defender Pablo Mar is set to join Udinese on loan in the coming days.
This window, Arsenal is expected to keep an eye out for a new striker.
Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are both out of contract this summer, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future is uncertain.