Arsenal made no secret of their search for an attacking midfielder in the January transfer window. They had previously tried to sign Houssem Aouar from Olympique Lyon but failed, and one of the names that appeared in the press as a potential alternative was Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia.
The 24-year-old Argentinian is certainly a talented player, very creative. He was a standout performer in what ultimately ended as a doomed Premier League campaign for the Canaries. However, Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber has recently dismissed the reports of interest from Arsenal, or any other club, for his services.
Webber told the Eastern Daily Press that the only member of their team who attracted a genuine offer was right-back Max Aarons, and even he ended up staying. Apparently, it was on offer from a club abroad, and the 21-year-old defender was reluctant to leave the country. He also said that Buendia, along with other reportedly sought after players, like Aarons and Todd Cantwell, were all committed to helping Norwich in their fight for promotion this term.
In the end, as we know, Arsenal ended up signing Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid, and though the young Norwegian is yet to show his full quality and make his contribution for the Gunners, it seems at this point to have been a shrewd acquisition.
Meanwhile, several outlets have relayed words of Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon, which confirm that ‘superagent’ Pini Zahavi has been in talks with several Premier League clubs over a move. Zahavi apparently isn’t Solomon’s official representative, but he is acting as an intermediary in this matter. The reports suggest Arsenal are the club in the best position right now, though obviously things may change before the summer transfer window actually opens.
With captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turning 32 and Willian 33 this year, it probably makes sense to consider bringing in younger wide attackers to fight for a place alongside Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe in seasons to come.