Forget it Arteta – This 20-year-old Real Madrid ace is not who Arsenal need right now


Why Arsenal shouldn’t sign Real Madrid ace Vinicius Junior

According to El Confidencial (h/t, Arsenal have been alerted to the availability of Vinicius Junior. Real Madrid are said to be open to hearing offers for the 20-year-old Brazilian as he does not feature in the plans of Zinedine Zidane.

Vinicius has fallen out of favor at Madrid

For a player who was once seen as the brightest spot in the team, it surely has been a sharp fall for Vinicius. Despite arriving two years ago, Vinicius has never really established himself at the Santiago Bernabeu and has scored just 11 goals from 87 appearances across all competitions so far.

While he provides drive and energy in the side, his finishing is close to non-existent. He can carve out chances with his dribbling and trickery but can fluff his lines when it comes to scoring goals.

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Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish League football match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on March 1, 2020. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

He is clearly not a favourite of Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane either, with the Frenchman preferring newcomer Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, and teenager Rodrygo ahead of him in the first-team setup.

Arsenal should avoid moving for Vinicius

For a team that is struggling to put goals on the table or create enough chances, it surely does not look like a good decision bringing in a player who is perhaps not one of the better finishers. Arsenal already have a line of misfiring forwards in Willian, Aubameyang and Lacazette.

At this point, Arsenal need a forward who just comes in and starts firing the goals or creating goals. Vinicius Jr. is a good talent but he is still not the finished product Arsenal so desperately need right now.

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MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 03: Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid speaks with Zinedine Zidane, Head Coach of Real Madrid before coming onto the pitch during the UEFA Champions League Group B stage match between Real Madrid and FC Internazionale at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on November 03, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

He may well add that youthful exuberance and liveliness to the side but Arsenal should be focussing on experienced goalscorers. There also remains questions about his attitude as Zinedine Zidane hasn’t been able to get the best out of him in the time he has managed the Brazilian.

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Even if it is just a temporary deal, Arsenal should still try not to get into this deal. There are no visible upsides to this transfer and they are not getting a player in a position they need – a No.10. So they should rather focus their efforts on that instead of trying to sign Vinicus Junior.