Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum only joined Paris Saint-Germain from Liverpool over the summer, but could be ready to leave the Ligue 1 leaders as soon as this month
Arsenal have been urged to move for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Gini Wijnaldum as the Dutchman struggles to establish himself in the French capital.
Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has called for the London club to make a move, with their squad depleted by a number of different factors, suggesting a return to England could help the player after off-field issues have made things tough at his new club.
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WIjnaldum has only scored three times for PSG this term, once in the league and twice in the Champions League, and Petit suggests the new man has dew allies in the dressing room.
“When he scored two goals [against RB Leipzig] in the Champions League last November, I was at the stadium that night and I thought it could be the perfect game for him to properly start his season with Paris Saint-Germain,” the 51-year-old told Bookmakers.co.uk.
“But, he is struggling and he is quite isolated in the PSG dressing room.”
The Dutch international was Newcastle’s top scorer with 11 goals when they were relegated from the Premier League in 2015-16, and the big-spending Magpies have been linked with a move as they look to continue their January spending.
Kieran Trippier has already moved to the relegation battlers from Atletico Madrid, while Reims striker Hugo Ekitike is one of a number of Ligue 1 players being monitored by Eddie Howe’s side.
“I can’t say I’m completely happy, because the situation is not what I wanted,” Wijnaldum told Dutch outlet NOS back in October, citing a lack of playing time.
He has still started just nine league games, and Petit suggested the difficulties could very well pave the way for a return to England.
“He doesn’t have the relationship with his teammates that he had when he was with Liverpool,” Petit said.
“He seems to be missing that kind of affection, and the competition is very high at PSG.
“We all know the quality that Wijnaldum possesses, he was a top player at Liverpool, so maybe a return to the Premier League could be something good for him.”
Arsenal are believed to be in the market for another central midfielder after allowing Ainsley Maitland-Niles to join Roma on loan.
Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are away at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Granit Xhaka missed the weekend FA Cup exit after a positive Covid test.
Other midfielders linked with the Gunners include Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes, who held his own against Wijnaldum over the weekend in a 1-1 draw with PSG in Ligue 1.