Arsenal learn Mikel Arteta’s ‘problem’ as Ian Wright backs £60m transfer target

A round-up of the latest Arsenal news as Ian Wright assesses Mikel Arteta’s January transfer targets of Brentford’s Ivan Toney and AFC Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke.

Ray Parlour wants Declan Rice to ‘contribute more’ at Arsenal

Gunners hero Ray Parlour admits he wants to see Declan Rice ‘contribute more’ for Arsenal. The midfielder has impressed the Romford Pele since joining the north London club back in the summer. But Parlour feels the 24-year-old needs to score more regularly to help Arteta.
Rice is only one goal shy of matching his career single-season Premier League-best return of four goals this term. He has so far hit three in 20 games for the Gunners with key efforts against Manchester United, Chelsea and Luton Town. Rice has also started in all 20 matches.
Parlour, though, wants Rice to offer a greater end product as Arsenal enjoy more of the ball than West Ham United. Martin Odegaard and Granit Xhaka also offered 15 and seven goals from Arteta’s midfield last term. Odegaard and Kai Havertz have four each so far this term.
“I hope that he can contribute a little more,” Parlour told Tipsbladet. “I would like to see him score a bit more goals. Arsenal have a lot more possession than West Ham and I hope he can contribute to the midfield adding a bit more goals than last season.”

Read more about what Parlour has said about his hopes for Arsenal midfielder Rice, here.

Kai Havertz is a ‘big problem’ for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal

Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley believes Havertz is a ‘big problem’ for Arteta after a steady start to his Arsenal career. The ex-Scotland international would even take Liverpool’s Curtis Jones over the German as the Englishman has more to offer and is a homegrown ace.
Havertz left Chelsea for Arsenal last July for an initial £62.5m, plus £5m in add-ons. The 24-year-old has since scored four goals in 19 Premier League games and started in 13. Havertz only missed the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat to West Ham while serving a ban for five yellow cards.

Jones, meanwhile, has only started in seven of his 12 Premier League outings with Liverpool this season. The 22-year-old also only has one goal and missed three games after receiving a red card away to Tottenham Hotspur. Yet Burley would take the Reds product over Havertz.

“Kai Havertz has been a big talking point – £70m, why wouldn’t he be?,” Burley told ESPN. “I’d have Curtis Jones ahead of him because he got a goal, because he makes things happen in the middle of the park, he gets on the ball, he drives forward, he’s a homegrown player. I think that [Havertz] is a big problem for Arsenal.”

Read more about what Burley has said about Arsenal’s Havertz and Liverpool’s Jones, here.

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