Rivaldo urges Richarlison to consider Arsenal as potential destination

By Andrew Thompson

Published: June 10, 2022 10:58 p.m.

Last update: June 10, 2022 11:51 p.m.

Brazilian football legend Rivaldo has urged current Everton international and striker Richarlison to reconsider his stance on a possible move to Arsenal this summer.

According to reports in Football365, the former Ballon d’Or (1999) winner sees Arsenal as a ‘good option’ for Richarlison, who has been tipped to move away from Goodison Park this summer amid reports he reportedly informed boss Frank Lampard and the club’s brass of his intentions to seek greener pastures.

But for Rivaldo, the idea that Richarlison has turned his nose at Arsenal – who are without Champions League football next season – is a stance that should be reconsidered.

“It could be a big summer for Richarlison and his compatriot Edu, who is Arsenal’s technical director, could be crucial in a potential move to the Gunners.”

“He looks set to leave Everton, with several top clubs interested, and Arsenal appear to be a good option for the striker. The Gunners have Edu as their manager and, having worked under Tite until 2019, the former midfielder from Arsenal knows Richarlison from the Brazilian national team very well.

“Joining a club that is struggling near the top of the Premier League could be important for Richarlison, after a difficult season with Everton, in which he was crucial in saving the club from relegation. If he gets a big shot, he’ll have a better chance of becoming a first-choice striker for Brazil at the World Cup in Qatar.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 19: Richarlison of Everton celebrates after scoring a goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on May 19, 2022 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Richarlison, who scored 10 goals and added 5 more assists while helping Everton successfully avoid a catastrophic league drop, initially parried any possible move to Arsenal in favor of interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint – Germain and Chelsea.

However, with the Gunners heavily in the hunt for a new number 9 at the Emirates Stadium under Mikel Arteta, first-choice minutes could be more easily achieved in north London ahead of Paris or Madrid, which could help him. to figure prominently. for Tite as Brazil seek their sixth World Cup victory this winter in Qatar.

Arsenal have already been linked with a host of possible options to lead the line next season, in the vein of compatriot Gabriel Jesus, Victor Osimhen, former club starlet Serge Gnabry and Sassuolo star Gianluca Scamacca.

But with Richarlison already acclimatized to Premier League football as Arsenal make a huge leap in profile, the Brazil international may well pay heed to the words of one of his country’s greatest ever players.

This article was edited by
Conor Laird.

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