Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has advised Mikel Arteta and the club’s sporting director to shift their focus from Ivan Toney to Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Pedro Neto.
Emphasizing a preference for Neto, described as ‘terrific’ and a player feared by Pep Guardiola, this decision comes as Arteta aims to reinforce the squad for a Premier League title push.
Arteta, eyeing success this season, faces budget constraints in the upcoming January transfer window, with indications suggesting only one significant signing may be feasible.
With Arsenal’s heightened interest in Pedro Neto, the manager is reportedly inclined to prioritize the Wolves winger over Brentford’s Ivan Toney.
The reasoning behind this preference lies in Neto’s versatility, potentially easing the workload on Arsenal’s right winger Bukayo Saka.
Given Saka’s extensive playing time and recent injury concerns, Arteta recognizes the need for an additional quality winger.
Neto’s ability to operate on either flank positions him as the preferred January target.
While both Neto and Toney are on Arsenal’s radar, Arteta’s inclination towards Neto is evident.
The Portuguese star’s impressive performances this season, contributing with one goal and five assists, make him a valuable asset.
Despite Arsenal’s desire to secure Neto, the challenge lies in convincing Wolves to part with the winger midway through the season, considering their commitment to maintaining Premier League status.
The outcome of a potential deal remains uncertain, even if Arsenal is willing to invest in January.