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Arsenal deeply interested in triggering release clause of Yeremi Pino

Arsenal are deeply interested in triggering the release clause of Villarreal winger Yeremi Pino, Catalan outlet El Nacional claims.

The north London club made a poor start to the campaign with three league defeats, but have since made amends with six wins and two draws from the next eight games.

They are currently just two points adrift of the Champions League places, and it appears manager Mikel Arteta is keen on adding more quality in attack at the turn of the year.

Pino has made immense progress in a short time at Villarreal. He has been one of their stand-out performers this term with two goals and three assists across all competitions.

Talks are already underway at Villarreal to extend his deal beyond June 2024, but there has been no breakthrough. His release clause continues to stand at £25.7m (€30m).

Real Madrid have also been linked with the promising Spaniard, but it is claimed that the Gunners are ‘deeply interested’, and they could pursue him as early as January.

Arteta is keen on building a young attack for the long term, and it is claimed that Pino could potentially line up alongside the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka.

Our view:

Pino has played on either wing for Villarreal. He has been effective from both positions with his raw pace, impressive dribbling and ability to provide key passes in the final third.

He has also excelled with his direct running against opposition defenders. At 19, he has immense potential and there are no surprises that he is already attracting high-profile interest.

Nicolas Pepe is currently the odd-man out at Arsenal with Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe excelling out wide.

The Ivorian had a superb end to last season with five goals in three league games. However, he has not been able to carry over the form, and has been inconsistent once more.

A winter deal for Pino could raise potential concerns over Pepe’s future. The 26-year-old has so far failed to justify the £72m price tag, and the Gunners may look to cut their losses.

Arteta’s desire to land Pino suggests that he could revert to his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. Emile Smith Rowe could operate in the number 10 role with Saka and Pino either side.

Martin Odegaard has also been out of contention for a starting spot recently, but his future could be in a more central midfield position where he played against Crystal Palace.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com and Whoscored.com

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