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'Hope he stays': Teammate urges 'top' £40m Arsenal target to snub big summer move

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Arsenal have been linked with a whole host of players since Mikel Arteta took over the club 15 months ago.

A creative attacker was almost always our top target until we brought in Martin Odegaard in January. The Norwegian has only come in on loan, which means there is a good chance Arsenal might think of reigniting their interest in some of their previous targets this summer.

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One such player is Norwich City star Emiliano Buendia.

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Eurosport revealed recently that Arsenal are eyeing a summer move for the Argentine who is reportedly valued at £40 million. That is a lot of money for a Championship player, but stats show that he might well be worth it.

In the Premier League last season, only Kevin de Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Trent Alexander-Arnold created more chances than Buendia. (Squawka) That is a phenomenal statistic considering that the Argentine played for the worst team in the division.

With 23 direct goal involvements this season, Buendia will certainly be a target for a number of big clubs, but Norwich City fans and his teammate Teemu Pukki are hoping that he stays at Carrow Road beyond the end of the season.

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Pukki: It’s my big hope he stays

Pukki told Helsingin Sanomat: “He’s a top player.

“I get on well with him on and off the field. It’s my big hope he stays on the team. It’s so easy and nice to play with him.”

Norwich are eight points clear at the top of the Championship table. It is very likely that they will get promoted to the Premier League this summer, and that might just give them some hope of retaining Buendia.

However, if a bigger club like Arsenal come in with a good offer, Buendia will likely push himself out of the club to fulfil his potential at the top level.

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