Roma midfielder is apparently attracting Mikel Arteta’s interest

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Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, certainly isn’t resting on his laurels.

After signing Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari in January on loan deals, the Gunners manager is sending scouts to Italy this weekend to look at another possible target.

Roma’s Bryan Cristante is apparently attracting Mikel Arteta’s interest, according to the Mirror via Italian outlet Calciomercato.

It’s known that more quality in midfield is what’s required as the north Londoners seem to strengthen in the middle of the park.

Whether this means more rotation for the likes of Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos and Matteo Guendouzi et al, or perhaps a clear out in the summer, isn’t yet clear.

What is understood is that Mikel Arteta has a vision and a project, and he will do what he thinks is best for the club.

He said back at his first press conference that he wants all of his players with him, and if they’re not, the possibility is there’ll be a problem.

Should Bryan Cristante arrive, it makes his decision on who to cull just that little bit easier.

Bryan Cristante has made 17 matches across all competitions this campaign, the ace is primarily used in a defensive midfield role.

The Gunners’ shaky backline needs all the protection that it can get, targeting a defensive midfielder could prove to be a wise move by Mikel Arteta.