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Ian Wright heap praises on “awesome” 20-year-old Arsenal target

Arsenal legend Ian Wright could not hold his excitement about a player linked with a move to the club in the summer

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Arsenal are on the quest to elevate their squad to compete with the best in Europe has led them to target Bayer Leverkusen’s young sensation, Florian Wirtz. The 20-year-old German has been in scintillating form this season, catching the eye of not just the Gunners but footballing legends like Ian Wright.

Wirtz’s recent heroics, including a hat-trick that helped Leverkusen clinch their first-ever title, have garnered praise from Wright, who has labelled the youngster as “awesome”. 

Speaking on Wrighty’s House, the Arsenal icon urged football fans to remember Wirtz’s name as Germany gears up for the Euros this summer.

“Oh my God. Florian Wirtz, remember that name for the Euros. Remember that name because if Germany get going, they’re cooking up Michelin star stuff, I’m telling you. Bro, he is awesome!”

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The Gunners, under Mikel Arteta’s guidance, have been on a resurgence this season, but their recent defeat to Aston Villa highlighted the need for reinforcements in key areas. With the summer transfer window looming, Arsenal are expected to be active in the market, with Wirtz emerging as a top target for the North London club.

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Wright’s admiration for Wirtz stems from the German’s remarkable season stats, with 17 goals and 18 assists in 41 games across all competitions. Leverkusen’s rise to challenge Bayern Munich’s dominance in Germany has been fuelled by Wirtz’s magic on the pitch, earning him recognition as a genuine superstar in the making.

While Leverkusen will be reluctant to part ways with their prized asset, Wirtz’s talent and potential makes it inevitable that he will eventually join a top club in the near future. Arsenal, with their status as one of the elite clubs in Europe, present an enticing proposition for the young midfielder.

In a season where Arsenal have demonstrated their ability to attract top talent, securing Wirtz’s signature would further bolster their squad and enhance their competitiveness. The Gunners, who convinced Declan Rice to choose them over Manchester City last summer, have shown their ambition to assemble a team capable of challenging for major honours.

As Arsenal look to strengthen their squad across various positions, a player of Wirtz’s calibre would add another dimension to their attacking prowess. With the potential to provide goals and assists, the German’s creativity and flair could elevate Arsenal’s performances to another level.

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