Arsenal Set to Smash Club Spending Record in Pursuit of £170 Million Premier League Midfield Duo

Arsenal are set to embark on an ambitious summer spending spree, with manager Mikel Arteta given the green light to break the club’s transfer record, according to The Time’s Gary Jacob. The Gunners have identified midfield reinforcements as a priority, targeting the signings of West Ham United’s Declan Rice and Brighton & Hove Albion’s Moises Caicedo.

Arteta Given Green Light to Sign Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo

Why Declan Rice?

Declan Rice has emerged as one of the Premier League’s top midfielders, showcasing his talents at West Ham and on the international stage with England. Known for his defensive prowess, the 24-year old possesses exceptional composure, intelligent positioning, and strong tackling abilities.

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In the 2022-23 Premier League season, the Hammers’ club captain has showcased his defensive capabilities with impressive numbers. He has recorded an average of 2.30 tackles per game, 1.80 interceptions,  and 1.57 clearances. Furthermore, his passing accuracy stands at an impressive 86% showing that he can operate as more than just a disruptor on the defensive end. The North London club would benefit greatly with a leader like Rice in their ranks.

Why Moises Caicedo?

Moises Caicedo is a rising star from Ecuador who has caught the attention of top clubs with his energetic displays and box-to-box style of play. Moreover, his performances have propelled Brighton, who are in the hunt for European football, to sixth place in the Premier League.

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The 21-year old midfielder is known for his ability to break up plays and also provide cover for his defensive counterparts when needed. He ranks second in the league for tackles made, while having an impressive 6.31 progressive passes made per 90. He also fits the profile of the young players Arteta has signed in recent transfer windows.

The Gunners’ Focus On Adding More Depth to the Squad

Arsenal’s pursuit of midfield reinforcements comes as no surprise, especially with the uncertainty surrounding Granit Xhaka’s future and Thomas Partey’s recurring injury concerns. The Swiss international has been linked with a move to Bayer Leverkusen, potentially leaving a void in midfield. Meanwhile, Partey’s persistent fitness issues have hampered his ability to make a consistent impact.

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It remains to be seen if the Gunners pull the trigger on these midfield moves. It would undoubtedly be a big step in their quest for a league title if they were to do so.

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