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Georginio Wijnaldum is close to joining Arsenal on loan

Georginio Wijnaldum could make return to the Premier League

Wijnaldum joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in the summer
Wijnaldum joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in the summer

The January transfer window has officially opened and Arsenal are likely to be looking to make some more shrewd deals following an impressive summer.

More than £150million was splashed by Mikel Arteta and those brought in have impressed, including Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Martin Odegaard and Ben White.

Wijnaldum joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in the summer after failing to agree a new deal at Liverpool but has failed to establish himself in the French capital.

Wijnaldum's dissatisfaction attracted Arteta

The 31-year-old admitted earlier this season that he is “not completely happy” at the Parc des Princes after struggling for game time under head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Arsenal are now set to pounce and are close to agreeing a loan deal for the Netherlands international, according to FourFourTwo.

If Arteta were to get the deal over the line, it would surely be viewed as a significant coup, considering the success Wijnaldum enjoyed at Anfield in both the Premier League and Champions League.

The Gunners are keen to sign a midfielder this month, with Thomas Partey [Ghana] and Mohamed Elneny [Egypt] leaving for the Africa Cup of Nations, which begins on January 9.

Henry's statements

After Wijnaldum lost playing time at Paris Saint Germain under Pochetino´s orders, many media outlets suggested that the Dutch lost level of play.

The Arsenal hero Thierry Henry took a look at him in October in an interview with RMC Sport, suggesting that Wijnaldum has not suddenly become a worse footballer.

But he also offered what can now be seen as a word of advice to Arteta should the Gunners sign him, saying that team structure is crucial for a player like Wijnaldum.

“He’s not a bad player,” Henry said.

“You don’t get bad in two months. I’ve seen him play for the Netherlands, he’s still good but he needs structure. A player like that needs to be structured."

Meanwhile, Newcastle have also been linked with a move for their former midfielder.

How did Wijnaldum perform in the Premier League?

Wijnaldum scored 11 goals in 40 games in a single season at St James' Park before moving to Liverpool in 2016.

He would go on to score 22 goals in 237 games for the Reds, winning both the Premier League and Champions League during his time at Anfield.

Speaking in October, Wijnaldum admitted his start at Paris Saint-Germain has been "difficult" but vowed to turn his form around.

“I can’t say I’m completely happy, because the situation is not what I wanted,” he told NOS.

“But that’s football and I’ll have to learn to deal with that. I’m a fighter. I have to stay positive and work hard to turn it around.

“I have played a lot in recent years, was always fit and also did very well. This is something different and that takes getting used to.

“I was really looking forward to the new step and then this happens. It is very difficult.”

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