It was reported by The Mirror on Sunday that Premier League side Arsenal were interested in Charlton Athletic midfielder Joe Aribo, but Addicks boss Lee Bowyer has said that the youngster is more than happy with the League One side.

Speaking to London News Online, Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has said he is “not reading too much” into links between midfielder Joe Aribo and Premier League outfit Arsenal.

The youngster’s strong form since breaking into the Charlton Athletic first team has caught the eyes of potential suitors, with Arsenal reportedly considering a summer move for the 22-year-old.

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However, manager Lee Bowyer has said that he suspects reports could have something to do with the player’s agent.

“If it’s true then it’s good on our behalf,” Bowyer said.

“It means the job we are doing with him is a good job. But I think it’s his agent if I’m honest. I’m not reading too much into that.

“I spoke to Joe last week, I had a meeting with him. He wants to sign and I think it’s just trying to agree with his agent. Joe likes it here. He’s learning and improving – that’s all you can say. He knows this is a good place for him to be. The lad is improving lots.”

The 22-year-old joined Charlton from non-league side Staines Town after a successful trial period. He didn’t make any appearances for the club during his first season at The Valley but broke into the first team the season after upon their relegation to League One.

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Since then, Aribo has gone on to play for Charlton on 84 occasions, picking up 12 goals and 12 assists along the way as well (Transfermarkt). His contract with Charlton is set to expire at the end of this season and the club will be hoping they can come to an agreement over a new deal.


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