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Mikel Arteta’s Premier League giants Arsenal are keen on Arthur Melo with the Brazil international hoping to leave Serie A powerhouses Juventus next year, as reported by Calciomercato

If any moment summed up Arthur’s Juventus career, it occurred on May 21st as Andrea Pirlo’s side hosted top-flight minnows Benevento at the Allianz Stadium. 

The former Barcelona playmaker received the ball in his favoured position in front of the back four. He looked up and drilled a pass across the field… straight into the path of visiting forward Adolfo Gaich. 

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Juventus 0-1 Benevento.

A humiliating home defeat, the beginning of the end for Pirlo and another black mark against Arthur’s name. 

Is Arthur leaving Juventus for Arsenal?

The 25-year-old moved to Italy in a £61 million deal in the summer of 2020, one that saw Miralem Pjanic go in the other direction. To say that stunning swap deal has not worked out for anyone would be an understatement. 

Pjanic was on the move again after the most forgettable of debut seasons at the Camp Nou.

Arthur, meanwhile, has been restricted to just one Serie A start since the appointment of Max Allegri as Pirlo’s successor. 

That is despite the fact that Juventus are hardly overloaded with top-quality central midfield options. 

“With Allegri, he is not finding much space,” said Arthur’s agent, Federico Pastorello, this week. 

“Let’s see in January. We will look for the best solution taking into account that there is also the World Cup (coming up next year).” 

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Calciomercato claim that Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla have expressed an interest. As have an Arsenal side who should have few problems matching Arthur’s £90,000-a-week wages. 

Where would Arthur fit in under Arteta?

Form and fitness have deserted Arthur in recent seasons. But it should not be forgotten that, only a few years ago, he was viewed as one of the game’s most exciting young playmakers; a potential successor to Xavi at the Camp Nou. 

“Arthur is a good player,” said former Barcelona team-mate and Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen. 

“His start (at Barcelona) has been incredible. He has all the battling skills and the technical ability to go right to the top.” 

If Arthur can rediscover that form, and put those injuries behind him, there’s no reason why he cannot make up for lost time at Arsenal, PSG or Sevilla. 

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