Arsenal will be ‘delighted’ to sign star Patrick Vieira from Emirates

Arsenal target Amadou Onana is of similar stature to Patrick Vieira and has everything in his locker to become a success in England, according to the reporter Pete O’Rourke.

Mikel Arteta’s side are interested in signing the young midfielder and O’Rourke has compared him to his former captain.

What is the latest news about Onana?

According RMC Sportsthe north London side have started talks with the 20-year-old’s squad over a possible move to the Emirates Stadium.

Onana only joined Lille 12 months ago but his impressive Ligue 1 form has caught the eye of Arsenal, among others.

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West Ham are also keen on his services and have taken the first step, although their £20 million the offer was rebuffed by the French outfit, who claim he is not for sale.

Arsenal are looking for cover in their midfield, with Albert Sambi Lokonga enduring a difficult first season in English football, which could force Arteta to add some more cover to his squad.

And O’Rourke drew similarities with Vieira, who captained the Gunners in three Premier Leagues and four FA Cups during his nine years at the club.

What did O’Rourke say about Onana?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “He has the stature of Patrick Vieira, and if he is half as good as Vieira for Arsenal, I think Arsenal will be delighted to have him at the club.

“He has all the attributes to succeed in England. He is a good ball player and he has a lot of energy.

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How did Onana perform last season?

Despite attracting the attention of the Premier League, 2021-22 proved to be a difficult season for the Belgian, although he ended the campaign winning his first international ceiling.

Onana could have done 35 appearances in total, scoring three goals, but he usually found himself on the bench, explaining why he made 11 top-flight starts and two more in the Champions League.

He gained valuable experience against Sevilla, Chelsea and PSG, but his lack of starts would suggest he would be nothing more than a player in the squad should be linked with Arteta’s men, like his colleague Lokonga.

However, Onana on average 1.5 tackles per appearance and completed 83.3% of his pass attempts, proving there is potential to work with.

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