Arsenal linked with talented 24-year-old Brighton star – A useful addition for Arteta?


Why Arsenal should sign Yves Bissouma in January

According to Brighton and Hove Independent, Arsenal have been linked with a January move for Brighton’s Yves Bissouma. His performances for Brighton this season have attracted the attention of big clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool. The Gunners, particularly, remain interested in adding a midfielder to their ranks to get back to winning ways.


Yves Bissouma is a 24-year-old Malian midfielder who plays for Brighton and Hove Albion. He had stints at Majestic ScC and JMG Academy Bamako during his youth career from 2009 to 2014. His first senior footballing experience would come at AS Real Bamako.

In 2016, he was signed by LOSC Lille and drafted to their ‘B’ team. Within a year he was promoted to the senior side and went on to appear in 55 games, scoring 4 goals and assisting 2 more. After two years there, he moved to England in 2018, joining Brighton.

Yves Bissouma during his time at Lille (Getty Images)

Since his move in 2018, Bissouma has become one of the most important players for Brighton. In 66 appearances for the Seagulls, he has scored 3 goals and assisted once. A full international for Mali, he has 14 caps and 3 goals for them till date.

Bissouma can add depth and quality to Arsenal’s midfield

It is no secret that Arsenal have struggled to get going this season and they are facing one of the worst starts to a season in recent history. 13 points from 11 games with 10 goals scored and stewing at 15th place – that is what has become of this side that ended last season so strongly winning the FA Cup.

Arsenal wanted to bring in two midfielders this season but they could only manage Thomas Partey and were left fumbling in their efforts to sign Houssem Aouar. The lack of a ball carrying, press resistant midfielder is evident in the team’s displays.

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BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 28: Yves Bissouma of Brighton and Hove Albion and Fabinho of Liverpool battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool at American Express Community Stadium on November 28, 2020 in Brighton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images)

While Partey offers defensive structure to the side, he cannot carry the ball forward and feed it to the forward line. Neither can fellow midfield partners Mohamed Elneny nor Granit Xhaka do that. This is where the signing of a midfielder like Bissouma can help.

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The Brighton man is adept at carrying the ball from his own half to the opposition’s. It is not easy to dispossess him off the ball. He is one of the reasons why Brighton are such a tricky team to deal with. Whoever Arsenal pursue or don’t, this is one player they need to get. A Premier League player through and through, he will add much quality to the Gunners’ midfield.