Player’s agent holds talks with Edu as Arsenal ‘step up’ push for midfielder

According to reports, Arthur Melo’s agent has held talks with Edu as Arsenal “step up” their attempts to sign the Juventus midfielder on loan until the summer.

The Gunners are keen to sign a midfielder this month and they have been linked with Arthur over the past week.

Mikel Arteta’s side are short on options in the middle of the pitch as Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined Roma on loan.

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Arthur has previously had a spell at Barcelona but he has been with Juventus since 2020. The 25-year-old has played 44 times for the Italian side.

The Brazillian international is said to be keen to join the Gunners. GOAL are reporting that Arthur’s agent (Federico Pastorello) held in-person talks with Edu (Arsenal’s technical director) on Wednesday.

The Premier League side are “stepping up” their attempts to sign the Juventus star on loan until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

The report adds that Juventus do not want to let Arthur leave until they identify a replacement.

Elsewhere, Charlie Nicholas does not think that Aaron Ramsdale is the right choice to become Arsenal’s next captain:

“Aaron Ramsdale shouldn’t be Arsenal’s captain because he’s a goalkeeper. His character has been absolutely spot on and it’s been a real treat.

“He arrived with a lot of doubters because of his price tag. But he’s ambitious, hungry and wants to prove that he belongs here. He’s been first class for Arsenal, has the captain’s instinct and he’s an organiser. That’s a positive Arsenal can build on.

“Ben White has real quality and he’s going to be a top player for the Gunners, but in his interviews, it comes across as though he’s not fussed about being the main man. He’s quite soft in his approach to the game off the pitch and that’s just the kind of person he is.

“Kieran Tierney is a competitive individual. He’s dedicated and does what he’s asked to do for the team. Six weeks ago, Nuno Tavares was playing so well that it looked like Tierney would struggle to get back into the side. But now he’s cemented his position again. Kieran Tierney would be a natural captain.

“This has been a problem previously for Arsenal. Unai Emery let players decide the captaincy but that shouldn’t happen, coaches simply must decide. Club captains don’t need to be the nicest or most popular guy in the dressing room.

“Nice guys will try and keep everybody happy, and that’s not what you need. They must have a competitive edge, there must be fallouts. That’s why Alexandre Lacazette has been a good captain.”

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