Agbonlahor: Arsenal fans are 'devastated' as two transfers reportedly close

Arsenal would be going “sideways” if they replaced Granit Xhaka with Ruben Neves, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England forward claimed the Gunners need to bring in a strong midfielder to play alongside Thomas Partey.

Football.london’s Chris Wheatley reported yesterday (June 10) Xhaka has agreed a five-year contract with Roma and the deal will be completed soon.

The Daily Mail reported last week (June 6) Wolves are braced for Arsenal to move for Neves and it is claimed he is keen to complete a switch to north London.

Asked whether the Gunners were getting an upgrade in Neves, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “That’s just going sideways.

“Xhaka and Neves for me are similar players. Both can score screamers, both can score free-kicks but can’t really get around the pitch. They can’t really get the ball back. 

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“For me, Neves is not the type of player Arsenal need and I think Arsenal fans would agree. Any Arsenal fan I speak to or see is devastated that Buendia chose Villa.

“They’d rather the money spent on an attacking threat. They need to maybe bring in somebody stronger to play alongside Partey in midfield.

“Neves is not the sort of player they need.”

Both Neves and Xkaka are known for scoring long-range goals and Neves found the net five times in the recently-completed campaign.

The Portugal international, 24, has scored 20 goals and provided 10 assists in 176 Wolves appearances.

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