Mikel Arteta wants to make Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot his first signing as Arsenal manager, according to a report in England.
The Times is reporting that the Gunners boss is a big admirer of the France international and Arteta is hoping to add Rabiot to his squad.
The same article states that the Gunners are hoping to initially secure the 24-year-old on a season-long loan deal following Rabiot’s lack of first-team opportunities at Juventus this season.
According to the same story, Arsenal’s bid to sign former Paris Saint-Germain star Rabiot isn’t connected to Granit Xhaka’s future at the North London Outfit.
The Times go on to add that Arsenal have been linked with a bid for Rabiot in the past but the midfielder decided to move to Juventus from PSG in the summer.
Rabiot has started five of Juve’s 17 Serie A games this season, making a further four appearances from the bench in the Italian top flight.
The Frenchman is currently competing with Miralem Pjanic, Rodrigo Bentancur and Blaise Matuidi as well as ex-Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and former Liverpool FC star Emre Can for a starting spot.
Arsenal played out a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on Boxing Day in Arteta’s first Premier League game in charge of the north London outfit.
The Gunners – who host Manchester United on New Year’s Day – will be hoping to hoist themselves up the Premier League table following Arteta’s appointment.
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