Arsenal explored the possibility of signing Pedro Neto from Wolves this summer.
Wolves were in a position where they had to sell players this summer. As a result, Matheus Nunes, Ruben Neves, Nathan Collins, and Raul Jimenez, amongst others, all left the club. However, Neto remains at Molineux.
Wolves are desperate to add a new striker in the January transfer window. This potentially means they will need to offload again, at which point there is a possibility that Arsenal could come back to the table for Neto.
The 23-year-old winger is undeniably talented. His stock was particularly high during the 2020/21 Premier League season, when Neto managed five goals and six assists in 31 appearances. His skill and blistering pace made him a potent figure in Wolves’ attacking set up.
However, a serious knee injury sustained in 2021 derailed his career for some time, and it has been a long road back to his best since. Neto is now fully fit again, but part of a Wolves squad that are struggling generally.
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Should Arsenal sign Neto?
Given this downturn in the Portuguese forward’s fortunes, Arsenal could potentially secure Neto’s services for a far lower fee than Wolves would have demanded a couple of seasons ago.
However, the question remains as to whether Arsenal need Neto.
Given that there isn’t a convincing left-footed right winger at the club who can effectively rotate with Bukayo Saka, Neto represents an intriguing option.
If Arteta can get Neto back to his best, then he could be a star at the Emirates Stadium. The player’s natural attributes also suggest he would be a good fit for the Gunners. His technical ability and willingness to take on his opponents in one-on-ones will be something Arteta appreciates. He also fits the age profile that the Spanish coach tends to target, and already has plenty of Premier League experience.
If a bargain deal can be done in January, Neto would be a smart addition for Arsenal to make.