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Arsenal have watched Barcelona youngster several times as Koeman fallout emerges


Arsenal are reportedly interested in Barcelona youngster Riqui Puig, with the Gunners looking to sign a creative midfielder in January.

Mikel Arteta attempted to bring in a creative force over the summer, with Lyon star Houssem Aouar his top target, but Arsenal were unable to get the deal over the line.

The need for a playmaker has been underlined during their poor start to the season, as the Gunners have scored just 15 Premier League goals so far, with the only clubs to have managed less than them making up the current bottom four.

According to a report from the Athletic, Arsenal have been looking at a number of options to address their creative issues.

Dominik Szoboszlai was of interest but the Hungarian has already agreed a move to RB Leipzig in January, while the report also claims a move for Aouar in January is unlikely.



Riqui Puig has been linked with a move to Arsenal

Christopher Nkunku, Emiliano Buendia and Julian Brandt are also mentioned as potential targets but Puig could be the most likely option, with the 21-year-old falling out of favour with Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman.

The report notes that Arsenal’s international scouting network watched Puig on multiple occasions before the club dispensed with the majority of their scouts amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Puig is expected to be available on loan next month and Leeds United have already been linked with midfielder.



Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is not happy with the youngster could let him leave

Koeman has not given Puig a single La Liga start this season, with the youngster getting just three minutes of game time after coming off the bench once against Getafe.

When asked about Puig’s lack of minutes, Koeman replied: “I like people who work every day to improve, and who take opportunities with both hands.

“Sometimes it’s not just about quality. There may be players who don’t do enough in training for the coach to give opportunities.”





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