Arsenal set to beat rivals Chelsea to this Mesut Ozil replacement

Arsenal fans needn’t worry about losing Mesut Ozil as it’s been reported they could beat their league rivals Chelsea to the signing of this star…

A clear pattern seems to be emerging in recent weeks of Arsenal transfer news and that is midfielders. Whether this is simply tabloid nonsense or there is some truth behind it remains to be seen but one thing’s for sure, the common sense thing would be to sign a midfielder.

After all, this was a position which Mikel Arteta prioritised when he first was unveiled as Arsenal head coach since it is a position which is familiar to him from his playing days. When he first came in, he made it clear that Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka would start together consistently, adding some solidarity to the Arsenal midfield.

However, the Gunners do risk losing a few midfield players this summer, including Torreira after his agent’s recent comments. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it looks like Mesut Ozil will stay and see out his contract. To me, this a selfish and ludicrous decision for him to make but that’s a story for another time.

However, there is good news. According to a new report from Mundo Deportivo, it’s likely that Arsenal will beat Chelsea to the signing of Orkun Kokcu. The 19-year-old has gained the attention of many after his fine performances for Feyenoord.

Kokcu is one of the 3 top midfielders who I thought Arsenal should target. As the days go on, it looks like the Gunners are less and less likely to sign Thomas Partey so it’s good to have cheaper alternatives, especially with the state of the transfer market right now.

Kokcu would be a much cheaper alternative and, judging by this report, Feyenoord is easier to negotiate with than Atletico Madrid are.

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