Arsenal have been linked with a number of players since a deal for Mykhaylo Mudryk collapsed, and Bayer Leverkusen star Moussa Diaby is one of them.

Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth claimed yesterday that the Gunners have made contact with the struggling German outfit about a move to sign Diaby this month. No move has materialised yet, but the Frenchman would be an excellent signing for us.

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Arsenal target Moussa Diaby is the second-fastest player in Bundesliga history

One trait that makes a wide player extremely dangerous is his pace.


Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka at Arsenal are both absolutely rapid. It’s extremely difficult to catch them when they are in full flow, and that’s one of the biggest reasons why they are such a threat.

Mudryk checked that box. The Ukrainian is lightning-quick and was the fastest player in the Champions League this season. He would’ve been a good addition, but Chelsea lured him away.

Diaby would arguably be an even better signing for us.

The Frenchman is the second-fastest player in the history of the German top flight, clocking a top speed of 22.69 mph (36.52 km/h), according to

That explains why Arsenal want to sign Diaby.

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He’s more than just a fast winger

Mudryk’s pace is definitely his best feature at the moment considering he hasn’t quite done enough in terms of goalscoring in his senior career.

Diaby, on the other hand, is the complete package.

The Frenchman scored 17 goals and provided 14 assists in all competitions last season. That is an outrageous return for a 23-year-old, and what makes him more exciting is the fact that he can play across the front three.

Mudryk’s gone now but if Edu and Arteta can go and sign Diaby, we’re sure most Arsenal fans will be delighted this month.

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