Arthur Melo’s stance on Arsenal loan move revealed as talks begin

Arsenal transfer target Arthur Melo looks on during Juventus match

Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Juventus’ Arthur Melo (Picture: Getty)

Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo is reportedly willing to join Arsenal on loan until the end of the season.

Mikel Arteta has made no secret of his desire to strengthen in midfield this month and the Gunners have been scouring the market for potential additions, with Bruno Guimaraes, Yves Bissouma and Gini Wijnaldum all heavily linked in recent days.

However, it appears Arsenal have focussed their attentions on Arthur and are honing in on a temporary deal with Juve for the deep-lying playmaker, who has started just three games in Serie A this term.

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Reports emanating from France indicate Arsenal have offered a realistic escape route for the out-of-favour Brazil international and discussions are now at an advanced stage.

Arthur is keen to secure regular game-time for the second half of the campaign and is prepared to complete a six-month switch to the Emirates to boost his minutes, according to Sky Sports.

The 25-year-old is hopeful a successful loan spell in England could resurrect his chances of being recalled by Brazil, with his last appearance coming against Uruguay in World Cup qualifying back in November 2020.

Juve are expected to make a final decision on Arthur’s future following their Supercoppa final clash with Inter Milan on Wednesday. Head coach Massimiliano Allegri is said to be ‘unsure’ about sanctioning a move.

Arthur Melo runs with the ball during Juventus' clash with Roma

The Brazil midfielder has made just three league starts this season (Picture: Getty)

Arthur has struggled to live up to expectations after joining Juventus from Barcelona in June 2020, a move which saw fellow midfielder Miralem Pjanic head in the opposite direction.

The Brazilian has managed just one goal and is yet to register an assist in all competitions since arriving in Turin and will be looking to get his stuttering career back on track should he complete a switch to north London.

There are still three-and-a-half years remaining on Arthur’s current deal at the Allianz Stadium.

Mikel Arteta looks on during Arsenal's FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest

Arteta is keen to bolster his midfield options before the January deadline (Picture: Getyy)

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Arteta looked to play down fans’ expectations during an ‘extremely difficult’ January transfer window.

‘What I really want this month is that we have as many players as possible fit and healthy and that we do the best and maximum with those players,’ the Arsenal manager told reporters.

‘After we have a strategy of how we want to evolve and improve the team, and whenever that is possible we are going to try to do it.

‘We all know that this market is extremely difficult.’

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Another of Arteta’s midfield targets, Guimaraes, Arthur’s team-mate at international level, brushed off speculation linking him with Arsenal earlier this week.

‘It’s normal, even more in the window period,’ the Lyon and Brazil midfielder told Globo Esporte.

‘When you’re an Olympic champion, you have a good season individually, you’re called up to the national team… it’s normal things in football.

‘I don’t even like to think too much. I leave it more to my agents, for them to solve.

‘My objective is to take Lyon to the place where they deserve.

‘We’re in the round of 16 of the Europa League, it’s a title that Lyon don’t have. Let’s fight hard to try to conquer it.’

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