Arsenal chief Edu has perfect opportunity to scout transfer target as crisis threatens

Mikel Arteta laments Xhaka injury blow for Arsenal

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Arsenal’s visit to Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday is a golden opportunity for technical director Edu to run the rule over transfer target Yves Bissouma. The Seagulls midfielder was on the Gunners’ radar this summer.

Bissouma has excelled ever since his arrival on the South Coast from Lille back in 2018.

His form over the past couple of seasons has put a host of elite Premier League clubs on red alert – including Mikel Arteta’s side.

And transfer guru Edu is likely to have a keen eye on how Bissouma fares against the Gunners.

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The Gunners have been rocked by the news that midfielder Granit Xhaka is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after he picked up an injury in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Tottenham.

The Swiss midfielder could be missing for three months after damaging medial ligaments in his knee.

His absence has been offset by the return of Thomas Partey.

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But the Ghana ace has endured his own torrid time with injuries since his arrival at the Emirates, which could lead Arsenal back to a move for Bissouma should he impress against them for Brighton.

Albert Sambi Lokonga was also signed this summer but has been earmarked for a starring role in the future rather than the here and now.

A move for Bissouma, either in the New Year or next summer, would beef up a Gunners midfield which now looks short on steel despite their revival.

Arsenal’s recent form has helped halt their horrific start to the season.

Arteta’s side went into the first international break bottom of the league pointless following three straight defeats – Arsenal’s worst-ever start to a season.

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But they’ve responded with three consecutive wins, capped with their commanding triumph over Tottenham in the north London derby, to kickstart their season.

Saturday’s clash with Brighton will test just how far Arteta’s side have come with the Seagulls currently flying high in sixth spot.

And the Gunners boss hailed the impressive work of his opposite number, Graham Potter, ahead of their meeting this weekend.

“They are playing well and getting the results that they deserve,” Arteta said. “It is a really competitive match that we are looking ahead to and we know the importance of it.

“[Graham Potter] changed a little bit their way of playing. They have been getting good results and have been very consistent in the way that they play.

“Credit to them and they are doing a good job.”

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