Juventus Midfielder Mario Lemina has said he is flattered by the reports linking him with a move to Arsenal. The 23-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates (via The Daily Mail).
It’s transfer season and while it is difficult to judge which players Arsenal are looking at, it’s a little easier to see which players are looking at Arsenal.
Mario Lemina is certainly one of them as evidenced in this interview with RAC1. The midfielder has been strongly linked with a move away from the Italian champions and he seems to have one eye on a number of different clubs across Europe.
“My objective is to move up the ladder – if I have to leave Juve I’d like an experience with a club abroad,” Lemina told the publication.
“Would I go to Lyon? Quite frankly I don’t think OL would interest me. I’m 100 per cent Marseillais. Given the rivalry between Marseille and Lyon, that wouldn’t be the kind of project which would interest me.
“Arsenal? Of course those links flatter me, but personally, I’ve never doubted my qualities. I’m at a very big club now but I haven’t been able to show my qualities at that level, so it’s flattering that big clubs are showing up.”
Lemina made just 19 Serie A appearances for the Champions League runners-up last season, scoring one goal. Arsenal already have a number of players in the centre of midfield but some additional cover would certainly be appreciated. It’s unclear whether Mario Lemina is the right man for that job and perhaps the Gunners should be looking at players to strengthen the starting IX, rather than the squad as a whole.