Arsenal will make their return to European football next season when they kick-off their Europa League campaign. The Gunners will need more strength and depth to cope with the extra fixtures and one area in which they could use more quality is central midfield.
Mikel Arteta has already received a boost with the news that Mohamed Elneney has put pen to paper on a one year deal, but the Spaniard will still want to increase his options in the middle of the park. One name that has constantly been linked with a move to the club is Leicester City star Youri Tielemans.
The Belgium international has just one year remaining on his contract at the King Power Stadium, meaning the Foxes are likely to sell in the upcoming window to prevent him leaving on a free transfer next summer. Tielemans would certainly give the Gunners midfield an added goal threat, the Belgian international scored seven times and notched a further five assists this season.
His range of passing, vision and link-up play would make Tielemans the ideal player to complement the raw power and all-action style of Thomas Partey. And at 25, he perfectly fits in with Arsenal’s model of signing hungry, young players who can evolve and develop with the club.
Since joining the Foxes from Monaco in the summer of 2019 Tielemans has made 158 appearances for the club, scoring 24 goals and registering as many assists. However, after three seasons in the east Midlands he appears to be hungry to make the next step in his career.
With that said, is there a place for Tielemans in Arteta’s starting XI? Here, we take a look at how Arsenal could line up next season with the Leicester midfielder in the side:
GK: Aaron Ramsdale
CB: Ben White
LB: Kieran Tierney
RCM: Thomas Partey
LCM: Youri Tielemans
RW: Bukayo Saka