Ahead of this weekend’s home clash with Stoke City, Arsenal have been linked with a January move for £12m rated winger Ahmed Musa.
The Nigeria international has been on the Gunners radar for a while now, with scout Steve Rowley keeping a keen eye on his progress when Musa represented his country against Ghana earlier this month.
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The 19-year-old – who currently plays for VVV Venolo – is certainly in the Arsene Wenger mould in terms of a new signing and it is being reported that he Arsenal boss will make his move as soon as the transfer window opens in just over two months time.
The Frenchman will have to make do with his current squad this weekend though when they aim to build on recent progress against an ultra competitive Stoke side.
It has been well documented that Arsenal have had their struggles this year – they have lost four Premier League games already – but two victories in a row, the most recent of which a valuable Champions League win in Marseille, will have them hoping for a better run.
It will be far from easy against Stoke though, with Tony Pulis’ men offering a contrasting, although affective, style of play to the Gunners. You always know you have been in a game against the Potters and it will be no different this weekend.
Arsenal will stick to their guns though and hope their quality shines through in front of a loyal home crowd.
A key man for the home side will be Robin Van Persie – the Dutchman has scored seven goals already this season – while Stoke will be looking at Peter Crouch and Kenwyne Jones to lead their goal threat.
It will act as extra motivation for Arsenal that three points will see them overtake today’s opponents, while Stoke could climb as high as fifth with what would be a memorable away victory.
This one gets underway at 1.30pm this afternoon.