Arsenal and Barcelona have had a long history when it comes to the transfer of players. This century has seen many of them go to Arsenal and from to Barcelona as well.
Some of the most high-profile examples include Marc Overmars, Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas. This century has seen some promising talent from Barcelona make their way to London. Fabregas would fall into that category.
The other success story of this type of move is Hector Bellerin. And now, there is another player who has chosen to swap the Emirates for the Camp Nou. The player in question is Joel Lopez who has turned an offer from Barcelona to join Arsenal, according to reports in Sport.
The report further states that high-rank officially in Camp Nou tried to convince the youngster to stay put, but the young defender preferred to join the Gunners.
The player is considered to be one of the brightest talents in the Barcelona academy. Having gone through the options at his disposal, the youngster made the decision to join Arsenal. He has communicated with the Spanish club that he will longer be with them.
It will be a real coup for Arsenal when they sign Joel Lopez. He plays primarily as a left-back. And the Gunners will be hoping that he can emulate the success of his compatriots such as Bellerin.
Getting him into the first team may be a step too far at the moment. The package that Arsenal offered Joel Lopez was far more attractive than anything Barcelona had to offer.
He believes that this is the best way to take his career forward. This represents a change of pace for the Gunners. The players that they have been linked to are older and more experienced.
This signing shows that Arsenal is an attractive option for young players even after the departure of Arsene Wenger. Along with Joel Lopez, the expected arrival of Yacine Adli is cause for excitement.
Though they are very much meant for the future, Gunners fans should be happy with them. The only aspect remaining is the confirmation of the deal. As fans of the club, let us hope that the future is as exciting as it sounds.
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