Arsenal recovered from their poor start under Unai Emery to pick up back-to-back wins in the Premier League.
The Gunners were beaten by Manchester City and Chelsea meaning Emery guided his side to their worst start in the league for 26 years. After introducing a number of summer signings to the team, the Spaniard bounced back by picking up wins over both West Ham and Cardiff to head into the international break in ninth. Arsenal will be hoping to continue their winning ways against Newcastle following the international fixtures.
The transfer window may be closed, but reports from Kick Off via the Daily Mirror suggest that Arsenal will make a move for former Chelsea left-back – Filipe Luis – in January. The 33-year-old was courted by Paris St Germain in the summer with his contract expiring next summer. Arsenal are reportedly interested in bringing him back to the Premier League.
If Emery wants a new left-back, the man he should be targeting is FC Porto defender – Alex Telles. Valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, the Brazilian was a key player during his side’s title victory last season, scoring three goals and registering 13 assists. His excellent form carried over to the new campaign with Telles scoring one and notching two assists in just four appearances so far.
With blistering pace and great skill on the ball, Telles would be a superb addition to Emery’s squad and give Arsenal a significant threat on the left flank. Remarkably, Telles averaged 3.2 key passes and 3.3 crosses per game last season (WhoScored) which could mean even more goals for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Still just 25-years-old, the defender will only get better.
Emery would be wise to ditch his move for Luis and make Telles his number one priority.
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