Pundit 'wowed' by Arsenal after 'exciting' Sanches news
Noel Whelan has claimed Renato Sanches would “fit right in” at Arsenal as Mikel Arteta’s rebuild continues.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the “electrifying” 24-year-old could strike up a partnership with Gunners midfielder Thomas Partey.
As quoted by the Daily Mirror (23 January), Portuguese star Sanches confirmed interest from Arsenal and insisted he is “ready” for a new challenge.
The report details how Lille president Olivier Letang has already green-lit the midfielder’s exit – providing an “offer from a big club” arrives.
The former Bayern Munich man is out of contract in June 2023.
When asked if Sanches could strike up a formidable partnership with Thomas Partey, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “Wow, absolutely.
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“He’s exciting. He’s got great speed, can dribble really well – and with real power.
“We saw him all that time ago in the Euros. He’s had a couple of blips since then but for Lille, he has shown that he can still be electrifying and take a game by the scruff of the neck.
“He can really commit players going forward, and that’s what Arsenal are all about under Arteta.
“They’re looking to break forward with pace through the likes of Saka and Smith-Rowe – and Sanches could just add to that even further.
“He would fit right in at Arsenal. It’s all about characters.”
Sanches has made 20 appearances for Lille this term and has contributed one goal and three assists.
The midfielder was instrumental last season as the French club claimed an unlikely Ligue 1 crown.
Arsenal sit sixth in the Premier League following their stalemate against Burnley on Sunday.
The transfer window shuts at 11pm on 31 January.