In a recent report, TuttoJuve say Arsenal have started talks to sign Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo this summer. It has been mentioned that the Gunners are considering a move for the Brazilian midfield ace.
Melo’s unimpressive form at the Allianz Stadium last season
Melo endured a difficult campaign in Turin as he struggled to be consistent with his performances in the center of Juve’s midfield. The Brazil international made 31 appearances for the Italian side last season, securing just one assist across several competitions.
The 25-year-old failed to impress in the center of the park after averaging 1.3 tackles, 0.4 interceptions, 0.4 clearances and 0.5 dribbles every 90 minutes in Serie A football. Still, he was tidy with his ball distribution as he completed 89.7% of his pass attempts in the Italian top tier (stats via whoscored).
Should Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta move for Melo this summer?
Melo can get stuck with solid tackles to make life difficult for the opponent in the center of the park. He is an accurate passer of the ball and can create a few meaningful chances for his teammates in the opposing half. Melo primarily operates as a defensive midfielder, but can also play as a box-to-box midfielder if required.
Therefore, the Brazilian sensation will be a great fit for Mikel Arteta’s style of play as long as the Arsenal boss is ready to offer him regular playing chances in the coming seasons.
Melo is lacking in confidence right now, so a change of scenery could do his confidence some good. The Gunners can also benefit from bringing in someone with the Brazilian’s experience as he will add more energy and drive to their midfield. At 25, the Serie A talent has his best years ahead of him, making him a decent choice for Arteta to consider this off-season.
Melo could even continue to form a dominant midfield partnership with Fabio Viera and Thomas Partey at the Emirates Stadium in the future. Thus, Arsenal are likely to focus on moving the midfield ace from Juventus before the end of this summer transfer window.