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Arsenal: Andre Gomes is no upgrade over current midfield options

Arsenal: Andre Gomes is no upgrade over current midfield options - Arsenal

A significant overhaul is required to fix the issues at Arsenal. That much is obvious. 

If their upset against Brighton Hove & Albion proved anything, the Gunners desperately need to bolster their midfield. Now that Aaron Ramsey’s bid farewell, a mix of youngsters and a frankly awful Granit Xhaka simply cannot be the future of the club.

As a result, Unai Emery must be determined to sign a midfielder to help his side control games better going forward. According to reports from the Express, the North London giants are interested in signing Everton loanee Andre Gomes. Indeed, the Portuguese has enjoyed a revival after joining the Toffees, giving some strong performances this season as Marco Silva presides over a decent end to the campaign.

That being said, Gomes isn’t the quality Emery is looking for. He’s only scored and assisted 1 goal apiece this season while picking up 7 yellow-cards from 26 Premier League appearances. Frankly, the former Barcelona ace is too lethargic in midfield, often switching off which allows oppositions to penetrate his defence easier.

Not only can he make their defensive situation worse, but even going forward he’s nothing special. He can help his side keep control, but rarely creates anything formidable when in possession. Gomes is quite sloppy in midfield, surely a reason why the La Liga giants didn’t want to keep him beyond last season.

The Portuguese is nowhere close to the stunning Aaron Ramsey and doesn’t work as hard either. He might occasionally give decent performances but is nowhere close to Lucas Torreira or Matteo Guendouzi in terms of commitment. Gomes isn’t the dominant leader they’re looking for in midfield. We all know they need one, after all.

Simply put, fans shouldn’t be excited by these links and should be hoping the club steer well clear.

Arsenal fans, would you be happy with Gomes’ potential signing next season? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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