Arsenal ‘ready to move for Juventus midfielder Adrian Rabiot on loan’

He has taken to the dugout for the first time with Arsenal and taken a good look at his new squad in action.

Now Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is assessing his options for the January transfer window and he could move for Juventus midfielder Adrian Rabiot on loan to strengthen his options.

Arsenal’s midfield is seen as a weak spot, with former captain Granit Xhaka reportedly set on a departure after he clashed with supporters, while the likes of Lucas Torreira and Mesut Ozil have failed to find their groove this season.

The answer to the problem could be Frenchman Rabiot, who has found himself frozen out by the Serie A champions this season.

Juventus signed Rabiot on a free transfer from PSG this summer, but the player has started just five out of nine appearances, and Arteta could look to offer him a way out by tempting him with a loan move, according to the Times.

Rabiot’s numbers in Serie A do not make for encouraging reading – he has played less minutes than reserve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

He has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham rumoured to hold interest in him for some time.

A move to the Gunners would make sense given the uncertainty in midfield and the lack of first choice stars. Rabiot would offer energy and creativity as a box-to-box player, something the Gunners are lacking at present.

It’s believed Arteta wants to make a move for Rabiot regardless of where Xhaka ends up, but the Swiss star’s future at the Emirates is unclear after he swore at Arsenal fans in October.