Arsenal have suffered a significant blow in our reported attempts to land Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, with the midfielder ruled out for three months with a fractured tibia, the Express reports.
Carvalho returned to his club with the injury he sustained during the U-21 European Champions, where he led his Portugal side to the final where they were eventually defeated by Sweden.
With Morgan Schneiderlin now a Manchester United player, Carvalho is seen as one of a few options available to us if we’re to add another holding midfielder.
According to The Independent, we launched a £28.5million bid for the 23-year-old last month, although there have been no reports since.
Francis Coquelin’s emergence – coupled with Mikel Arteta’s new deal (via Sky Sports) – means that it remains unclear whether Arsene Wenger even sees the holding midfield position as an area of weakness.
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Should it be the case that he doesn’t – like many other campaigns – we’ll most likely be left short for next season, which could heavily impact our chances of competing for the title.
Wenger is taking a severe and unnecessary gamble, which is something we can ill afford to do.