West Ham United want to sign Barcelona ace Emerson Royal this summer according to a report from CalcioMercato. Arsenal are also in the race to sign the 22-year-old according to Mundo Deportivo.

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Emerson Royal would be a superb addition for the Hammers. In times gone by, the Gunners’ interest in one of our alleged targets would have spelled trouble.

But not anymore.

West Ham have made such huge strides this season. Arsenal, meanwhile, have regressed.

The Hammers are in with a real chance of finishing inside the Champions League places whilst the Gunners are toiling in mid-table.

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We have no need to fear our London rivals anymore. Sure, Arsenal may hold a bigger pull than West Ham.

Their reputation is worldwide. They have more financial muscle as well.

It could be argued that West Ham are just as attractive as Arsenal now for potential new signings, however.

West Ham to battle Arsenal for Emerson Royal?

Emerson Royal might have to choose between both London clubs. And as things stand, the London Stadium is just as attractive as the Emirates.

That might sound biased, but just looked at the atmosphere at West Ham at the moment.

Every single player seems to be loving life under David Moyes.

The same certainly can’t be said of the Emirates with Mikel Arteta at the helm.

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Emerson, 22, would be a fine addition for West Ham. The Brazilian would provide excellent competition and cover for Vladimir Coufal.

Meanwhile, at Arsenal, he would have to compete with Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers.

The Barcelona ace has excelled during a two-year loan spell with Real Betis. A move to the Premier League could just be the next logical step.

The Hammers may have to beat the Gunners to his signature. We never seem to have an easy run at any of our targets!

West Ham shouldn’t even be bothered by Arsenal’s alleged interest in the Barca ace, however.

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