Ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes his former club could consider signing Leicester City midfielder Wilfried Ndidi to partner Thomas Partey in the middle of the park.
Lyon’s Houssem Aouar is thought to be the Gunners’ main target, after failing with a bid for the Frenchman in the summer, but Campbell thinks that manager Mikel Arteta may go after a more defensive option like Ndidi in order to allow Partey to play further forward:
“You could say, okay, if Thomas Partey is going to move a bit further forward, go out and get Ndidi to sit in there. “No problem, but it just depends, you can either get an Aouar who gets further forward, or you get an Ndidi type so that Partey can do box-to-box.”
Campbell has an interesting take. Ndidi would certainly give Arsenal greater protection but you would have to say that the Nigerian wouldn’t help with the Gunners’ lack of creativity, even if it allowed Partey a freer, more advanced role.
In any case, Ndidi is currently out injured with a muscular problem which has kept him sidelined since September, and it was reported earlier this year, when Paris Saint-Germain were interested in the 23-year-old, that the midfielder could cost between £45m and £50m.