Arsenal: Charles Watts discusses pursuit of Arthur Melo

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Arsenal journalist Charles Watts has been discussing a potential move for midfielder Arthur Melo during the January transfer window.

Mikel Arteta’s men have been on a resurgence in recent months. Having made the worst start to a season in the club’s history, they have managed to thrust themselves right into the heart of the battle for a spot in the Champions League.

And with the January window now underway, the opportunity has come for them to boost the side to try and get themselves over the line and make the top four for the first time since the 2015/16 season.

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And according to Watts, Brazilian Arthur is one man who the Gunners are considering making a push for. Speaking on his YouTube channel, Watts spoke about the deal and what stage the negotiations were at right now, but also divulged that there may be some issues when it comes to making it a reality – and that it’s pretty much out of Arsenal’s hands.

He said: “Arsenal have made contact with Juve over a potential loan move until the end of the season for the Brazilian.

“Arsenal are looking to get something done with Arthur. It’s not done yet, nothing’s agreed with Juventus, but there is a willingness on all sides to make this deal happen, as far as I’m aware. But there are a few things that need to happen first in terms of Juventus certainly a need to find a replacement – they don’t want to let Arthur go this month without bringing someone else in.”

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Watts goes on to talk about Bruno Guimarães and Juventus’ attempts to try and sign him, but his words about the timing of the deal and having to wait should come across as a slightly worrying update for Arsenal.

That is because Arsenal need to get these sorts of deals done as soon as possible if they are to make a success of this season. It’s not like they are struggling in mid-table and looking ahead to the next campaign.

They have a genuine chance to make the top four, and they shouldn’t be made to wait for other clubs to conduct their business, especially given how close the battle for the Champions League places looks like it’s going to be.

So it might be best for Arsenal to look elsewhere when it comes to someone like Arthur, because they shouldn’t be made to wait and potentially lose out on him just because another club can’t get their affairs in order.

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