‘The future’: Player who reportedly snubbed Arsenal this year ‘has similar characteristics to Haaland’ – pundit

Nuno Gomes has compared Dusan Vlahovic, a player who was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in January, with Erling Haaland.

In the winter, Mikel Arteta decided he needed to get rid of former club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Arsenal needed a new striker.

Arteta’s side even had a £58 million bid accepted by Fiorentina, but a move did not materialise because Vlahovic rejected a move to Arsenal as he wanted to join Juventus.

They stayed patient until this summer when they signed Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City.

2022 Arsenal target Vlahovic compared to Haaland

Former Premier League striker Nuno Gomes has hailed Vlahovic, as per Tutto Mercato Web, saying: “He really has everything to become one and is among the best young people in his role. Time is on his side, he can grow a lot.

“He has similar characteristics to Haaland, they can be the future for many years. I advise him to always work, in training and in the game, to improve and become even stronger.

“Vlahovic can play with Milik, who is very strong. Di Maria is a champion, Kean, Kostic and Cuadrado are also precious resources.”

Jesus has taken to life at Arsenal like a duck to water so it looks like the situation has worked out well for all concerned.

Would Vlahovic have managed to emulate the huge impact Haaland has had in the Premier League since joining City?

We will never know but it seems unlikely, and Jesus is doing so well for the table-topping Gunners in any case, and has Premier League experience on his side.

If Vlahovic had joined Arsenal in January, maybe, just maybe, the Gunners would’ve finished inside the top-four, so that is perhaps the only potential frustration.

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