Pundit Tim Sherwood has advised Arsenal target Moises Caicedo not to move to North London, pointing out Yves Bissouma as his main point of claim.
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Arsenal have intensified efforts to improve the squad over the past few weeks. The acquisition of Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior in the space of five days has shown the Gunners’ readiness to reinforce the squad before the final push for the Premier League title.
Although Mikel Arteta is keen to make at least one more signing, Brighton’s Caicedo has been the most likely player to arrive before the end of the month but the Premier League club have rejected multiple bids already.
Meanwhile, a pundit has now advised the Ecuadorian to remain at the Amex Stadium instead of moving to the Emirates, citing the example of a former teammate who is struggling in North London.
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Sherwood said, as transcribed by Football365: “Sooner or later someone has got to make a stand. Tony Bloom might be that person to be able to do that and De Zerbi the manager, who has seen it happen with [Leandro] Trossard as well. The last thing you want as a manager is unhappy players at your club.
“When their heads are turned by big clubs, unfortunately, you take the money, or you end up with nothing. Without the money or the player. So you’re better off taking the money.
“I think the kid needs to look at it very carefully, I think he needs to look at his mate [Yves] Bissouma who has gone to Tottenham. Everyone was lauding about this boy, where’s he going to go? Take his pick. Liverpool? He ended up at Tottenham and he’s not played.
“I’m not saying it’s entirely his fault but sometimes you can look a world-beater in a Brighton shirt [but] when they step up and play for a huge club it doesn’t happen.”
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Caicedo can’t remain at Brighton for life and should not be concerned by what is happening to Yves Bissouma at Tottenham Hotspur.
The player is willing to move and Arsenal are desperate to make the signing after Mohamed Elneny’s injury.
It is a position Arsenal barely have cover for and the Ecuadorian should be able to excel under a manager like Arteta.