Petit insists ARSENAL should swoop for Brighton duo Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo if they fail to land West Ham star Declan Rice.
There is a massive feeling in the media that Declan Rice is all set to join the Gunners after deciding that now is the right time for him to move on.
However – despite all the speculation suggesting that Arsenal are favourites – West Ham value the midfielder at £100 million and we believe that Arsenal will not pay that amount for the man.
Now – amid all the speculation – Petit has opened up and encouraged the Gunners to make moves for Caicedo and Mac Allister – who are leaving Brighton and have also been linked with a move to the Emirates.
Speaking to Genting Casino, ex-midfielder Petit said: “I have said for a long time that I am a big fan of Moises Caicedo. During the World Cup I said that top clubs would be interested in Brighton’s duo in midfield.
‘Brighton are one of the best in the transfer market in England. The way they spent their money and chose their players was very good and they should be a benchmark to all of the teams in Europe.
‘It is similar to Brentford’s style but it is very different. Arsenal have been talking about Declan Rice a lot.
“If they can get him, It will be a great move but I am a very big fan of Caicedo. This guy can play so many different positions for club and country. He is young and talented. He has a great heart and mentality.
‘Mac Allister will also suit Arsenal as well with his vision and movement on the ball, as well as his passing. He is also scoring goals, which for me is very important for a player. I am happy that top clubs in England are looking at him.
“Caicedo is doing brilliant things at Brighton. Before Alexis Mac Allister won the World Cup, I said clubs should be interested in him and Caicedo together.
“Caicedo understands everything in the midfield, he has a great heart and mentality.
‘Mac Allister would also suit ARSENAL perfectly as well with his vision and passing. On top of that, he’s scoring goals too which is important for midfield players.”
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