The Gunners to Sign Empoli’s Midfielder


Arsenal Transfer News: The Gunners are in desperate need of a central midfielder as we go into the last week of the January transfer window. Owing to this, the North London club is targeting Empoli’s Samuele Ricci. 

Mikel Arteta made it very clear that Arsenal is lacking personnel in central midfield. And this fact has been evident in recent games for the Gunners. 

Arsenal had a horrific month of January. They were out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest in the third round. To add to this, Liverpool added to their woes by beating them in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup. 

The Gunner’s top 4 hopes were also dashed in the Premier League. A loss to Manchester City and a draw to Burnley has ensured that the Gunners have slipped to 6th in the Premier League table. To add to this, Arsenal is yet to win their first game in 2022. 

Arsenal are monitoring Empoli’s Samuele Ricci

Arsenal Transfer News: The Gunners are looking to sign Empoli's midfielder Samuele Ricci in January
Arsenal Transfer News: The Gunners are looking to sign Empoli’s midfielder Samuele Ricci in January

As per CalcioMercato, Arsenal are monitoring Empoli’s 20-year old central midfielder Samuele Ricci. The Gunners want to add a midfielder to their ranks in January. Moreover, they have expressed their interest in Ricci.

Samuele Ricci made his debut for Empoli in Serie B. He played for them in the 2019/20 season. Since then he has been part of the Gli Azzurri. The midfielder also played a primary role in getting them promoted to Serie A last season. 

In Serie A, Ricci has again been pivotal for the Empoli side. The central midfielder has made 21 appearances, of which 17 were in the starting XI. To add to this, he has also scored 1 goal and provided 1 assist for the Gli Azzurri this season. 

Owing to his performances, Samuele Ricci has been compared to Chelsea’s Jorginho. Though the defensive midfielder is not physical, he has very good technical ability. He can provide brilliant passes. 

The Italian Stats are very good for a 20-year old as well. Ricci has averaged 54.8 passes per game and has maintained a 90 percent passing accuracy. To add to this, he also averages 1.6 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per game. 

All of this shows a bright future for Samuele Ricci. Also, Mikel Arteta is building a team of youngsters at Arsenal at the moment. Hence, Ricci could be a good fit for his squad for years to come. 

Other central midfielders that the Gunners are targetting in January

Arsenal Transfer News: Arsenal is reportedly interested in bringing Arthur Melo to the club in January. As per reports, the deal has reached an advanced stage but Juventus are still wanting to keep the Brazilian in their ranks. 

Apart from this Bruno Guimaraes and Youri Tielemans have also been linked with the club. Hence it has to be seen if Arsenal could complete a midfield signing in January. 


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