Arsenal are ready to expand their Brazilian influence even further with two new South American signings.
The Gunners have become Samba-infused over recent seasons, especially since the introduction of former Invincible Edu Gaspar as a technical director. Gabriel Martinelli, who Edu is very close to, was one of the first signings that Edu recommended after joining in 2019 – before Chelsea stalwart David Luiz was a late window replacement for outgoing captain Laurent Koscielny that same summer.
Another ex-Blues star Willian joined under Mikel Arteta weeks before defender Gabriel, while this summer, Gabriel Jesus followed youngster Marquinhos through the London Colney door.
Arsenal's recruitment policy of selecting Selecao stars might not yet be over, either, with well-known transfer insider Fabrizio Romano (opens in new tab) declaring that the Gunners want another two Brazilians.
“Danilo is one of the players that Arsenal have tracked during the summer but it was never close to being completed, Palmeiras wanted more than €35m for him,” Romano told CaughtOffside (opens in new tab).
“Douglas Luiz remains on the list but nothing has been decided yet for January.”
Both players are midfielders with good physicality, who can defend and hold onto possession equally well. Just 21, Danilo is a left-footed No.8 playing in his native Serie A with Palmeiras, while Luiz – who the Gunners attempted to snare on Deadline Day – is more often used as a No.6 by Aston Villa and could challenge Thomas Partey for a starting spot.
So far this season, Arsenal have own all but one match, with Granit Xhaka being voted the club's Player of the Month by fans for his performances on the lefthand side of the 4-3-3 midfield.
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Arsenal have been linked with a move for Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli; the Gunners are said to have already made contact with the Italy international's camp.
Meanwhile, one man who could be heading for the Emirates Stadium exit door is Gabriel Martinelli: there's been talk of Chelsea making a shock swoop for the winger.
In other news, Aaron Ramsdale says that the Gunners have been motivated to succeed this season by the disappointment of missing out on Champions League qualification last term. The goalkeeper was speaking after Saturday's 3-1 North London derby win over Tottenham – a result which kept Mikel Arteta's side top of the Premier League.
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