Nabil Fekir stance on Arsenal transfer emerges with offer already made for Real Betis star

Arsenal: Arteta details plan to return to top four

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Nabil Fekir has emerged as a top target for Arsenal this summer and the former Liverpool target has seemingly hinted at what he wants to do. Mikel Arteta was left frustrated 12 months ago when the transfer window closed at not bringing in a replacement for Mesut Ozil.

Houssem Aouar was the main target for the Gunners in 2020 but they failed to meet Lyon’s valuation with the midfielder eventually announcing that he wanted to stay.

Lacking a creative midfielder cost Arsenal at the start of the campaign though with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang not getting much service up top.

They started the season with eight defeats in their opening 14 league games and never truly recovered.

Emile Smith Rowe’s breakthrough into the first team was one of a few shining lights for Arteta.

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And the 20-year-old may well be given more opportunities next season, but reports suggest that Arteta wants more experience to come in as well.

Martin Odegaard impressed in his short-term loan from Real Madrid in the second half of the season.

But Fekir appears to be another option Arsenal are looking at to bring in this summer.


According to Spanish outlet AS, the Gunners have already tested the waters with an opening offer.

However, the report adds that Real Betis are holding out for much more than what has been offered.

Arsenal also aren’t the only team interested in signing Fekir, who scored five goals and provided six assists last season.

Fekir though is said to be happy at Betis and hasn’t shown any inclination that he’s pushing for a move away, suggesting Arsenal’s interest hasn’t swayed him.

Betis boss Manuel Pellegrini is also planning to centre his team around Fekir next season.

Liverpool came extremely close to bringing Fekir to the Premier League back in 2018 with a deal all-but completed.

A fee had eventually been agreed with Lyon, personal terms were matched and a medical had taken place.

But there were some concerns from Liverpool over Fekir’s long-term health and the deal fell through at the last minute.

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