Wesley Moraes: 7 Things to Know About the Arsenal Transfer Target

Arsenal have been linked this week with a January move for Club Brugge forward Wesley Moraes, as Unai Emery reportedly seeks out another forward to add depth to his so far prolific strike force. 


Who is Wesley, though, and what can the Gunners fans expect from the 22-year-old if their rumoured interest is to come to fruition? 


Here are seven things to know about the Brazilian front man.

1. He's a Target Man

Unlike any of the forwards currently at Arsenal, Wesley has the distinction of being an out and out target man. 


At 6ft 3in, he offers an impressive physical presence, so could serve as Emery's 'plan B' for when the attractive football isn't quite happening for them. 


The closest thing they have to that at the moment is Danny Welbeck, and with his seemingly long-term injury keeping him sidelined til his contract expires, who knows what his future looks like? Perhaps a younger replacement isn't the worst way to go.

2. He's on Double Figures for Goals Already

Wesley has made 22 appearances so far in all competitions, and has already notched ten goals for the Belgian champions.


In the league, he's on seven after 15 appearances, registering four assists in the same period. He's on fire, and he's getting better every year. 

3. Arsenal Face Some Stiff Competition for His Signature

If the Gunners are to get their man, it likely won't come due to a lack of interest from elsewhere.


Surfacing alongside Arsenal's interest are reports of Serie A and La Liga sides looking at him, with Fiorentina and Valencia thought to be keen on his signature. 


Arsenal, you'd think, would have the resources to see off their competition, but they'll have to move quickly if they want him in January.

4. He's Scored Twice Against Thierry Henry's Monaco

OK, so scoring against Henry's Monaco hasn't exactly been difficult for... well, anyone so far this season, but it's a story about Arsenal interest, isn't it? 


Wesley's two Champions League goals so far both came at the expense of the Arsenal legend's new side, scoring in the home draw with the French side before getting another in the 4-0 rout, which effectively secured Brugge's passage to the Europa League round of 32.

5. He Could Line Up Against Arsenal in the Europa League

If Wesley remains a Brugge player beyond the January window, then there's every chance he could end up lining up against the Gunners in the Europa League round of 32, as both the Belgian champions and the London side have booked knockout places in the competition. 


We saw how Arsenal's defence didn't handle Romelu Lukaku during the week. Given Wesley's game is pretty similar to the big Belgian, he'd surely be optimistic about a trip to the Emirates. 

6. He Has Experience of Winning Trophies

In his three full seasons as a professional, Wesley has won two Jupiler Pro League titles with Brugge and one Slovakian title in his days with AS Trencin, taking five major honours in total in his short career so far.


At 22, he already has the mentality of a serial winner. Is the Premier League the next natural step up? 

7. He's Brazilian

There's something about your club being linked with a Brazilian that just gets you excited. The country produces good players.


Wesley would become the eighth of his countrymen to play for Arsenal, with Gilberto Silva the only one to date to win the Premier League with the Gunners. 


Gabriel Paulista is the most recent, having left for Valencia in 2017