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Arsenal now 'waiting for opportunity' to land £26m Brazilian at Emirates – GIVEMESPORT

Arsenal are ‘waiting to see if there’s an opportunity’ to lure Atletico Madrid star Matheus Cunha to the Emirates Stadium, transfer insider Dean Jones has told GiveMeSport.
The Gunners are five points clear at the top of the Premier League table, but boss Mikel Arteta could bolster his squad when the winter window opens for business next month.
According to The Athletic, Arsenal are weighing up whether to enter the race to sign Cunha after Gabriel Jesus suffered a long-term injury at the World Cup.
Arteta is assessing his options after the Brazilian was forced to undergo a knee operation earlier this month, but the Gunners are facing stiff competition for Jesus’ fellow countryman.
Wolverhampton Wanderers want to seal a double deal which would see Cunha and Atletico teammate Felipe head to Molineux next month.
Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery is also keen on the striker and, as a result, Jones has previously confirmed to GiveMeSport that Aston Villa have held talks over acquiring his services.
Everton and Leeds United are also long-term admirers of Cunha, while Chelsea have been offered the chance to land him.
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Jones believes Arsenal are refusing to rule out the possibility of heading to the negotiating table for Cunha as they look aid their Premier League title bid.
The journalist feels the north Londoners are waiting in the wings and could pounce if it becomes clear that a mid-season switch would be of interest.
Jones told GiveMeSport: “If you’re Arsenal and looking to make the right decisions that define a title challenge, nothing can be dismissed or given up on lightly. That’s why they’ll have their eye on situations like this one.
“They’re biding their time is how I would read it. They’re waiting to see if there’s an opportunity here.”
It has been an underwhelming season for Cunha as, according to Transfermarkt, he has failed to get his name on the scoresheet in 17 appearances.
The 23-year-old’s profligacy led to him missing out on a place in the Brazil squad which headed to Qatar for the World Cup.
However, Cunha has shown in previous campaigns that he can be a menace in the final third of the pitch by racking up 39 goals over the course of his club career.
With the South American attracting widespread interest, having only joined Atletico in a deal worth close to £26million last year, there is a possibility that a winter move could be on the cards.
Jesus’ injury has left Arteta short of options and Cunha may prove to be a shrewd investment.
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