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Report: Senior Arsenal figures wanted £15m star but he joined Tottenham instead

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According to The Athletic, senior figures at Arsenal wanted to sign Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg before the Dane joined Tottenham this summer.

It is no secret that Mikel Arteta was desperate for a new midfielder at the start of this season. Arsenal managed to sign Thomas Partey, and the Ghanaian has already proved his class with a couple of incredible performances.

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Partey’s performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford last month was one of the best away displays by an Arsenal midfielder against a big side in recent years. A thigh injury has sidelined him, but once he is back, he will be an extremely important player for us.

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The Kroenke’s forking out £45 million on deadline day showed just how much Edu and Arteta wanted him. (Sky Sports) However, a few other senior Arsenal figures preferred a different midfielder who we could’ve signed for a third of what we spent on Partey.

The report claims that Arsenal scouts had watched Hojbjerg for a long time when he was at Southampton. Senior figures wanted him at the Emirates, but Tottenham leapt ahead of us and sealed the deal for just £15 million in the summer. (Goal)

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Should Arsenal have signed Hojbjerg?

The Dane has proved to be a spectacular signing for Spurs. He has been Mourinho’s midfield general, and his presence in front of their defence has made them a very solid side in all competitions this season.

He has played every minute of every game in the Premier League this term and has made more passes (752) than any other player in the English top-flight.

At just £15 million, he is proving to be a fantastic signing for Spurs. However, if Arsenal fans were given a choice between Hojbjerg and Partey in the summer, every single one of us would’ve picked the Ghanaian – Arteta was no different.

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