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Arsenal target has already made his feelings known ahead of potential move

One of Arsenal’s targets has already decided on a potential move to the Emirates Stadium.

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Jorrel Hato
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Jorrel Hato has expressed his aspirations to mirror the path of his former Ajax teammate Jurrien Timber by making a move to Arsenal, acknowledging it as a “dream” opportunity. The 17-year-old defender has garnered attention for his consistent performances at Ajax, stepping up in the wake of Timber’s departure. 

With a playing style reminiscent of Timber’s versatility, Hato’s ability to excel as both a center-back and left-back has piqued Arsenal’s interest, as Mikel Arteta eyes defensive reinforcements for the future.

Reportedly identified as a target by Arteta, much like Timber before him, Hato’s potential transfer might not transpire immediately due to Arsenal’s financial obligations. 

However, with only 18 months left on his contract, he could become accessible in the upcoming summer transfer window. Ajax is eager to secure his stay but faces a challenge as Hato remains drawn to the allure of the Premier League, following in Timber’s footsteps.

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Hato, speaking earlier this season, praised Timber’s move to Arsenal despite his unfortunate injury and expressed his own ambitions for a similar transition. He emphasised the distance he still needs to traverse in his career journey before achieving such a feat.

He told ELF Voetbal in October: “Unfortunately [Timber] was seriously injured in his first Premier League game for Arsenal, but he is still young and has a bright future ahead of him.

“In any case, the move to Arsenal was a wonderful one for him. It is also my dream to one day make such a transfer, but I realise that I still have a very long way to go.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s plans for the summer transfer window are in motion, although their January business remains uncertain. 

Initial reports suggested Ivan Toney of Brentford was a key target, but the Bees’ head coach, Thomas Frank, has firmly stated that the 27-year-old striker won’t be sold this month. 

Frank highlighted the team’s offensive limitations and the necessity of retaining Toney amidst injury concerns for other attacking options.

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