The Gunners have always had a tradition of developing young players and because of that, it is not a surprise when they are linked with a promising youngster.
The latest in this line as per reports in Brazilian outlet O Tempo(via Sun), is full-back Emerson and he plays for Atletico Mineiro.
The report in O Tempo states that Arsenal and Chelsea are in the race to sign the 19-year-old Brazilian youngster in January. It further states that Atletico Mineiro are going through a financial crunch and could be willing to cash in on the defender, who is valued at around £8 million.
A player who normally plays as a right back, Emerson has been very impressive ever since joining the Brazilian side in April of this year and has proven himself to be one of the team’s most dependable players as he has been a rock in their defense.
Though Arsenal do have two right backs with them at the moment, there is no harm in bringing in someone who is as talented and promising as the Brazilian.
The player is particularly good at winning aerial duels and this is an incredibly valuable trait for a fullback to have. He has shown that his reading of the game is impeccable and that has helped him a lot.
If there is a weakness in his game, it would have to be his passing and ball retention. But, if Emerson was to come to a club like the Gunners, that would be one of the first things that will be taken care of.
The factor that could complicate this move is the interest that is being shown by Premier League rivals Chelsea, as previously mentioned. This just goes to show how good a player Emerson is but at the same time, this does make life that much harder for Arsenal.
If the player is to be brought to the Emirates, he will have to be convinced by the project that Arsenal are currently under. It is well known that manager Unai Emery likes to field young players and this is one aspect that could work in the club’s favor. For more movement on this deal, we will have to wait until January.
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