Arsenal target Lucas Paqueta has three reasons to turn down move despite Arteta confidence

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Arsenal target Lucas Paqueta has three reasons to turn down move despite Arteta confidence

Vieira, who has joined for a fee that could rise to £34m, plays in a very similar position to Paqueta. Signing two players of a similar ilk may not

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Vieira, who has joined for a fee that could rise to £34m, plays in a very similar position to Paqueta. Signing two players of a similar ilk may not be money well spent by the Gunners.

There is also the presence of Smith Rowe. The England international may already feel his nose has been put out of joint slightly by Vieira’s arrival.

Smith Rowe played the majority of his football last season off the left but can also occupy a more central role. Paqueta therefore may wonder if he will get a regular place in the team if he joins, with at least three other players competing for a starting spot.

Xhaka looks set to stay and he will be a starter if he does, along with Partey if he can keep himself fit. Unless Arteta has different plans for Paqueta, he may struggle to convince him that the Emirates is the right destination for him.



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