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Arsenal target swoop to sign £36m South American attacker as Arteta eyes 5th signing

By on September 3, 2020

According to reports via the Daily Star, Arsenal are targeting a shock move to sign West Ham attacker Felipe Anderson as Mikel Arteta looks to further strengthen his squad this summer.

Arteta recently splashed out £27m on centre-back Gabriel while defenders Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares have made their loan moves permanent. Arsenal have also added to our attack after snapping-up Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea.

Most reports right now are linking us with central midfielders such as Thomas Partey or Houssem Aouar as we desperately need to strengthen in the middle of the park with Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira expected to leave.

However, it seems Arteta is still looking to add to his attacking options before the window closes as the Daily Star are citing Football Insider as reporting that Arsenal are targeting a surprise move to sign Felipe Anderson.

The South American made his name at Lazio and before making a shock move to join West Ham in a £36m deal two years ago. At the time, it was seen as a major coup for the Hammers as Anderson was excellent in Serie A.

However, he’s struggled to replicate that kind of form in England as he’s contributed 11 goals and 10 assists in his 67 appearances for West Ham in all competitions and he fell out of favour under David Moyes last season.

The report suggests that West Ham are now ready to cash-in on the 27-year-old as they look to raise money for new signings but want a fee close to the £36m they paid Lazio for his services in 2018.

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will be prepared to match that figure but money is tight at the Emirates so I can’t see us paying anywhere near £36m for the Brazilian attacking midfielder.

Anderson showed huge quality at Lazio and did reasonably well during his first season at West Ham but he was very poor last season and I really don’t get the need for Arsenal to sign him this summer.

He predominantly plays from the left wing and we are well stocked in that department. If Arteta wants to add some creativity to our ranks then we should be buying a central midfield playmaker who can be the link between midfield and attack.

Anderson has the ability to do that role but I don’t think he works hard enough to fit into Arteta’s system and we’d be far better off using the money to go after other targets.

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12 Comments

  1. blimey!

    September 3, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Anderson too good for Gooners….fact!

    • daniel twist

      September 3, 2020 at 9:18 pm

      If this rumor is true, I have no problem with this signing, Felipe Luiz is much better than he showed last season and I trust MA completely.

    • Samuel

      September 4, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      That’s a clear lie

  2. Big Ego

    September 3, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Red Bull Salzburg Patson Daka is a much better option and could play anywhere across the front 3. Artet and Edu should be looking at his work ethic, commitment, age, skill level and his price tag.

    • carl

      September 3, 2020 at 10:05 pm

      Daka is a good player without doubt but another forward is just utter trash. We are going for and need midfielders not forwards !! I respect Daka but if i think Wout of Wolfsburg is a far far better option if we needed a forward he can hold up play is skillful and brings others into play and scores for fun !! but i dont think we need anymore forwards we have Auba Martinelli eddie willian pepe and Laca !!

  3. carl

    September 3, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    This makes no sense at all and i am sure it is all pie in the sky stuff !! We have Abua,Martinelli,Eddie,Pepe, Willian and even laca why would we need any other forwards?? and for 36 million for a forward that has struggled in the premier league so far is just utter trash. We are looking to sign midfielders in Partey and Aoura both are going to cost a lot of money We need to sell players to finance these players and these are the players we need most. Not a miss firing forward at 36 million. If we were to get rid of Laca for 35 million we still wouldnt buy him. I personally think Wout from Wolfsburg for 27 million would be a far better buy !!

  4. Gary bennett

    September 4, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Fake news

  5. Stephan Luc Larose

    September 4, 2020 at 5:58 am

    And what is the source of this supposed “news”? A horse’s a&$?

    • Turgut

      September 5, 2020 at 4:09 am

      Anderson is a pile of poo and is no where near good enough to wear an arsenal shirt. He ain’t good enough to clean the players boots. Get Partey or someone fit to put on an arsenal shirt. Also get coutinho

  6. Lahbi

    September 4, 2020 at 9:29 am

    MA,we don’t need Felipe,get us saint maximine from Newcastle.

  7. Michael

    September 4, 2020 at 10:14 am

    I think what we need is Partey and
    Aoura both are good in our middle go 4 them. M. Arteta

  8. Ken

    September 4, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    This is not yet confirmed, it’s a rumour and will remain a rumour. Sell lace for Philippe Andersen?

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