It’s fair to say that, so far, Arsenal’s season hasn’t entirely gone to plan.
Losing their first three league games of the season, the Gunners have somewhat redressed the situation by beating both Norwich City and Burnley, but the upcoming clash against Tottenham could be the one that defines whether Mikel Arteta is finally on the right track or not.
Either way, it’s clear that the Spaniard is trying to mould the squad for the future with younger talent, signing the likes of Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Nuno Tavares and Takehiro Tomiyasu, all 23 or under.
Another name now being linked is that of Noa Lang, who has been turning heads over at Club Brugge with his performance not only in the Jupiler Pro League, but also the Champions League.
Standing tall against the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, the Dutchman walked away as one of the best players on the pitch in his side’s recent clash against Paris Saint-Germain, and numerous clubs appear to have focused their attention on him.
Voetbal24 have a small article on the matter on Thursday, claiming it could be a ‘very hard battle’ for Lang’s signature, as ‘three clubs are already in the running for him’.
Arsenal, Leeds and Milan are all named, and ‘there is a very good chance that an offer will be made for Lang in the winter’.
Each side would like to beat the other to the 21-year-old’s signature, but it’s pointed out ‘the transfer fee Club Brugge have in mind can still be a problem’, as the €30m being asked ‘is a lot of money, especially for Arsenal and Milan’.
After all, the Gunners did spend close to £150m this summer while recouping a mere £28m, so their purses have already been stretched a fair bit this summer, while Milan have equally been on a bit of a spending spree.
We’ll have to wait and see, but if the London club really wanted to, we’re pretty sure they’d be able to find an extra €30m or so if they desperately wanted someone in January.