Arsenal Participate In Battle To Sign Real Madrid Superstar

Arsenal's coach Mikel Arteta will reportedly ask the Arsenal board to sign Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio in the January transfer window.

It is said that Arteta was impressed with Asensio's performance in Spain's World Cup opener against Costa Rica. He told Radio Marca, via Fabrizio Romano: "Hopefully the renewal can be done and I will be very happy at Real Madrid. Hopefully, it’s to stay for 10 more years here at Real. It’s not just me deciding — it’s also up to the club.”
The January transfer window is coming in just a few weeks and with a break in domestic competitions for the World Cup, all eyes will be on the signings. Arsenal is considered to be the busiest this winter, with the side sitting top of the Premier League. It has been almost two decades since they won their Premier League title in the 2003-04 season, which saw the first Premier League team to finish a full season without losing a single game.

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Coach Arteta, also known as a former Gunner, certainly wants to recall that golden season by preparing ahead for some big moves in this transfer window, and striker Asensio is undoubtedly a part of his plan when Jesus's knee injury remains unclear to meet the demand of Arteta.
When asked if he needed to strengthen, the Spaniard claimed: "That’s the squad that we have and we have to try to utilize the squad in the best possible way. We know where we are and we knew the moment we had certain injuries that the squad is already very, very short."
While midfield is one concern area to address, so are the wings, with a lack of options at the manager's disposal beyond his first-choice players so far. One player that has been linked with a switch to solve that is Real Madrid's Marco Asensio, with the 26-year-old set to be a free agent next summer.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the north London side will look to sign Asensio ‘at Arteta’s request’, with the Premier League manager seemingly a big fan of the La Liga superstar who now looks set to leave Madrid in 2023, with the winger’s contract due to expire in the summer.

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A 34-cap international with Spain, Asensio has hardly featured for Carlo Ancelotti since the Italian manager’s return to Madrid last year, with the 26-year-old making 15 appearances in all competitions this campaign, the majority of which have come from the substitutes bench. In addition, AC Milan and Juventus are also interested in the case of Asensio with a cheap January exit from Los Blancos.
It suggests an uphill battle for the Gunners to land the forward. However, should Los Blancos decide they would obtain a deal in January or let him go in the summer, the north Londoners could swoop in. It may prove to be an excellent move, with the forward able to play out wide, although he can also be set down the middle, as he did in Spain's clash.
In this period the Gunners face West Ham (H), Brighton (A), Newcastle (H), Oxford United (A) (FA Cup), Tottenham Hotspur (A), Manchester United (H), Everton (A), Brentford (H), Manchester City (H), Aston Villa (A) and Leicester City (A).
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