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“We have a monster on our hands”… Arsenal summer target receives HUGE praise from Ian Wright

Ian Wright was deeply impressed by one Arsenal summer target last weekend and describes his performance as monstrous

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As transfer speculation continues to swirl around Everton’s young defender Jarrad Branthwaite, Arsenal legend Ian Wright has joined the chorus of praise for the 21-year-old, labeling him a “monster” on the pitch.

Branthwaite’s standout performances at Goodison Park have reportedly caught the eye of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who sees the defender as a potential target for the Gunners. However, Arsenal are just one of several top clubs keeping tabs on Branthwaite, with Real Madrid, Tottenham, and Manchester United also rumoured to be interested in his services.

The defender’s consistency and contribution to Everton’s campaign this season, including his recent goal against Brighton, have earned him widespread acclaim. 

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Ian Wright, speaking on his show Wrighty’s House, lauded Branthwaite’s attributes, asserting that the youngster deserves a call-up to the England squad.

“I would like to give flowers to Jarrad Branthwaite,” Wright expressed. “I believe now he will be in the next England squad. He has got everything. You watch how he plays, left-sided as well, he plays out well. Very brave. And then when you listen to his interview he sounds like somebody who is like yeah, I’m there, I’m here.

“He should be called up. And not only that, he should be played. Let’s have a look at him. I’m telling you we have a monster on our hands at left-sided centre-half. A monster.”

In an interview with The Athletic, Everton assistant Ian Woan echoed Wright’s sentiments, highlighting Branthwaite’s physical strength and eagerness to learn. Woan noted the positive influence of experienced teammates like James Tarkowski and Jordan Pickford on Branthwaite’s development.

“He’s 6ft 5in, quick and a lefty, which gives you a natural balance on that side… He wants information and will ask questions… You can see he’s maturing,” Woan remarked.

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