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Jude Bellingham has been linked with a move to most of the Premier League’s top clubs. But despite Arsenal currently not being talked about as a potential destination, the Gunners have claim to be the perfect side for him.
Bellingham is widely reported to be set to make the move back to England at the end of the season. In two-and-a-half years at Borussia Dortmund, he has already made over 100 appearances despite not turning 20 until next June.
He is the next superstar of English football. The midfielder is already enjoying the best goalscoring campaign of his career and netted his first goal at international level in England’s emphatic win over Iran at the World Cup on Monday.
Bellingham would likely attract a fee well in excess of £100million but he would be worth every penny. And if Arsenal only make one signing next summer, he would be the perfect addition to Mikel Arteta’s squad for three reasons.
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Liverpool and Manchester United have been strongly linked with Bellingham. But at the moment, their chances of finishing in the top four this season look less likely than the Gunners’.
Liverpool are on the slide under Jurgen Klopp, while United are still finding their feet in the Erik ten Hag era. Arsenal fans are not getting carried away with being five points clear at the top of the Premier League table but it is clear to see Arteta’s side are on the way up.
Another reason Arsenal would be perfect for Bellingham is the youthfulness in Arteta’s squad. The Spaniard has fielded 14 of the 24 youngest starting XIs in the Premier League so far this season.
Arsenal are impressing many with their performances but age is very much on their side. There is a sense they can only get better the longer they play with each other.
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Liverpool are at the other end of the spectrum, having fielded the highest average age starting XI this season in the draw at Fulham on the opening day. Bellingham would help in that regard but there is a feeling lots more work needs to be done to rebuild the squad at Anfield.
Finally, Bellingham would be guaranteed a starting spot at Arsenal. Manchester City have the financial muscle to outbid anyone in England but would he be a starter straight away under Pep Guardiola?
Perhaps so, but not as much as he would at the Emirates. Arteta could build his team around one of the brightest talents England has seen for some time.
Bellingham will be just 20 next summer, so there is plenty of time for a Galactico-style move to Real Madrid later in his career. But for the time being, Arsenal could be the perfect place for his first taste of Premier League football.
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