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Arteta in dreamland as Arsenal set to activate €50m release clause to transform forward line…



Arteta thrilled as Arsenal set to activate €50m release clause to revamp attacking options.


Arsenal is ready to trigger the €50m release clause to secure the services of Nico Williams from Athletic Club, beating out potential competitors. This move could potentially lead to a reshuffle in the current lineup, as the Gunners look to bolster their attacking options.


Having established himself as a key player for Athletic Club over the past three seasons, Nico Williams is now reportedly considering a move away from his boyhood club to further his career.


Arsenal’s interest in the 21-year-old forward has been confirmed by reports, indicating their willingness to meet the release clause in his contract.


However, it is imperative for them to take swift action as there are reports suggesting that Paris Saint-Germain shares the same intention.


Moreover, TEAMtalk has verified that Williams is included in Chelsea’s shortlist of potential wingers, alongside Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise.


Although it remains uncertain which club Williams would prefer to join, it appears that Arsenal is strategizing for a future where he becomes a prominent member of their squad.


Arsenal is contemplating a positional change to accommodate Williams by considering Gabriel Martinelli as a rotational option on the right wing, thereby paving the way for Williams to become Arsenal’s preferred choice as a left-winger.


Williams has been predominantly playing as a left-winger for Arsenal this season, contributing 17 assists and scoring seven goals in his 36 appearances. However, Martinelli usually occupies that position.


On the right-hand side, Arteta’s primary choice is Bukayo Saka, but there are concerns about overusing him. To address this, Arsenal could consider rotating players on the right and taking advantage of the increased competition on the left.


It is worth noting that Arsenal already have Leandro Trossard as an option for the left wing, so they need to carefully consider the balance of their squad.


Additionally, one of their main priorities for the summer is finding a reliable center-forward to lead their attack, which is arguably more crucial than bolstering their wing positions, where they already have decent depth.



PSG and Chelsea, fellow contenders, boast a plethora of attacking talents within their respective teams. However, these ambitious clubs remain vigilant in their pursuit of players who can elevate their game. Williams, with his immense potential, is a coveted prospect that no ambitious club would want to overlook.


Although his contract with Bilbao is set to endure until 2027, it becomes inconsequential if a club he desires to join triggers his release clause.