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Bruges Winger Star Noa Lang to Arsenal in January – Scouting Report

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The man Arteta wants

Today Arsenal have been linked with a move for Club Bruges, man of the moment, Noa Lang. The former Ajax winger, this week outshone Lionel Messi, winning Man of the Match, as the Belgian champions held PSG.

The flying winger, right footed, but predominantly used of the left, shot to fame a few years ago, aged 20, when he became the first player to score a hattrick for Ajax on a top-flight debut. Sadly, the immature Lang did not see eye to eye with his coach Ten Hag, who reportedly took issue with the player’s individuality and inability to follow instruction and Lang soon fund himself down the pecking order to veteran new signing Ryan Babel.

For the remainder of the 19/20 season Lang, which should have been January to May, Lang was loaned to Twente, but before the young star had a real chance to impress, the pandemic cut short the season. In the summer of 2020 Ajax agreed to loan Lang to FC Bruges, a move later ratified for what now seems a ship at 6 million Euros.

Noa Lang shone throughout the campaign that saw his new team crowned champions by an astounding 15 points. Lang contributed an incredible 16 goals, and 7 league assists in only 26 matches. He averaged 2.9 shots on goal per match. 1.4 dribbles and impressively 1.8 key passes per match according to whoscored.com. His pass completion percentage of just under 80% might seem low but is actually normal for Lang risk and reward position on the pitch.3 goals and has assisted

Lang is only 8 games into the new season and has already notched 4 assists, and three goals, which equates to him be critically involved in 7 of Bruges’ 16 goals this season. More impressive given he only appeared on 7 of the 8 matches. For a 22-year-old, who was subject to considerable transfer speculation of the summer, this shows that he has matured from the cocky 20-year-old who could not follow his coach’s orders at Ajax.

Given that Bruges secured his services at such a low fee, after such a fabulous season, and give the lack of money in the Jupiler league, it was not a surprise that they were open to an early profitable turn on their modest investment. In the same was as Anderlecht were willing to let their skipper and most influential player, in Sambi Lokonga, join Arsenal, for the right price. In the case of Noa Lang, the team linked with him all summer was Arsenal’s Premier League rivals, Leeds United. However, when it became apparent that a previous target, Dan James was available from Man United, Bielsa and Leeds moved swiftly. If the rumours that Arteta has alerted Edu and the board of his desire to bring Lang to North London are true, the way appears relatively clear.

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Similar deal that saw Sambi switch from Jupiler?

A 22, able to play as an inverted winger on the left, or equally adeptly on the right, Noa Lang’s directness, creativity and pace seem ideal for the Premier League. Lang is currently playing in a front three for Bruges and it is the speed combined with the time of his runs in behind that might appeal, now that Arteta has his incisive passer in Odegaard. Lang also possesses amazing dribbling skills and his stats show he too can be a provider. Of course, from all the activity we have seen from Arsenal this summer, Lang would also fit with the new strategy of buying players of 22/23 with great potential and a high ceiling.

Am offer of £15/20 million with add-ons in January, similar to the deal that saw Lokonga make the switch from Belgium, might see Bruges unable to resist but it might also mean that one of Martinelli or Pepe should be concerned. Let’s see if this story has legs and in the meantime enjoy Noa Lang in action:

 

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3 Responses to Bruges Winger Star Noa Lang to Arsenal in January – Scouting Report

  1. allezkev September 20, 2021 at 10:54 am #

    A bit worried about this guys character, we’ve already had our fair share of show ponies so for me it’s a risk, unless that is they think he’s grown up sufficiently?

    Martinelli seems to have been slightly sidelined since his injury so are there fitness issues with Gab that we’re not aware of and this kid is the replacement?

    Pepe isn’t an Arteta signing and despite his form this season, which has been pretty good, there isn’t any real end result – yet. Also he’s coming up to three years at Arsenal next summer with two to go, so maybe a decision on his future is in the pipeline?

    For me I’d rather see Hutchinson and Taylor Hart developed as our future wide attackers, but then I’m old school…

    • Dave Seager September 20, 2021 at 11:27 am #

      I would too Kev as also old school. Trying to get back writing more regularly and this story interested me.

  2. Silentstan September 20, 2021 at 11:21 am #

    Vast upgrade on Pepe

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