Arsenal could make move for ‘complete’ player in January, he’s a goal machine – Sky journalist

Arsenal could potentially look to make a move for Cody Gakpo in January, according to Dharmesh Sheth.

The Sky Sports journalist, speaking to GiveMeSport, reckons the PSV Eindhoven star fits Mikel Arteta’s profile.

Arsenal have been linked with Gakpo over the past few months and apparently remain in pursuit.

According to The Athletic, the Gunners are among the clubs chasing a deal for the 24-year-old.

Arsenal are up against the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid, added the report.

Gakpo has been in absolutely sensational form for his side this season.

He has 13 goals and 13 assists from just 20 outings in all competitions.

While Arsenal enjoyed a fruitful summer transfer window, they failed to get a couple of late targets over the line.

The Gunners tried to bolster their flanks and also sought to bring in a new midfielder.

‘High ceilings and high potential’

Now, with the January window on the horizon, Arsenal could try again to strengthen their ranks.

And Gakpo, who was reportedly valued at £38million in the summer, could well be in their sights.

“Arsenal is an interesting one,” Sheth told GiveMeSport.

“Because, throughout the transfer window, I think the right side of the attack was a priority position.

“Now, Gakpo’s priority position, and preferred position, is on the left, but he can play in the centre and he can play on the right.

“At the moment, Saka’s occupying that right side of the front three just now.

“He would be someone that Arsenal would look at.

“I think it would fit the profile as well, as far as Arteta is concerned.

“Because we know what he’s trying to build a squad of young players who’ve got high ceilings and high potential.

“So it could be one that Arsenal do look at in January, potentially, but the summer is more realistically.”

‘That boy has everything’

Former PSV youth coach Twan Scheepers believes that Gakpo is the complete player.

Speaking to The Athletic, he said: “Everyone has difficulties in puberty. He grew up in a short time, and so his agility, as it used to be, it was gone.

“He had to renew his running and everything.

“Now, you see he’s a really tall guy with so much technique – the complete player on the left, I think, but a complete player who can still get better.”

Meanwhile, former Netherlands midfielder Theo Janssen told Dutch publication NOS of Gakpo: “That boy has everything.

“Fine feeling for the ball, a good through ball, dribbles and is strong between the lines.

“I really enjoy him. He is going to be an important player for the Oranje squad.

“He is ready to be in the base of the Oranje squad. I would definitely draft him.

“There are other options, but they are not as effective as him.”