Arsenal Transfer News: Brazil Playmaker Paulinho Would Be Huge Coup for Gunners

Brian Leigh@@BLeighDATFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2012

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According to a report from Footy Latest, Arsenal manager Arsene Wegner has made a big offer for Corinthians' midfielder Paulinho, a young, creative midfielder who could make a big impact for the Arsenal attack.

Per the report, "Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is desperate to prove doubters wrong about his ability to attract quality young prospects to the club and maintain Arsenal as a title-challenging team."

While Wegner's conceit may have a small role to play in attempting to lure over Paulinho, his presence on the pitch is of far greater concern. The young Brazilian has scored 22 goals in his past three seasons in his native country, joining names like Neymar and Ronaldinho on last year's Brazilian League Team of the Year. His acquisition won't be easy, though, as Inter Milan has also done their due diligence.

Arsenal is searching for answers in the wake of Robin Van Persie's inevitable departure, and Paulinho would be the perfect complement to what they've already added. In newly signed Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, Wegner has already acquired players with similar talents to RVP; they like playing north-to-south and are efficient finishers.

But Paulinho brings that South American flair that Arsenal has a paucity of, making creative runs and excelling with quick, controlled dribbling skills.

His creativity, passing ability and vision would all work beautifully with Giroud and Podolski, both of whom are clinical finishers around the net (much better than the guys Paulinho is used to playing with). Whereas English clubs are sometimes foolish in flaunting their embarrassment of riches––that is, signing any and everybody they can afford––this move would be cerebral, making Arsenal a better, more balanced side.

European football is changing ever so subtly, with the Spanish style of play looking increasingly dominant. The game of possession and creativity is replacing the game of precision and strength.

Signing Paulinho would be a sign that Arsenal intends to pioneer the English movement toward the more global style of play, rather than obstinately refusing to adapt.

It will take some cajoling to get him out of his comfortable, native nest at Corinthians, but if Wegner is able to bring Paulinho to the Gunners, it could be a huge coup that returns them to the very top of the Premiership standings.