Even though Arsenal have other priorities regarding transfers, such as strengthening the midfield or back four, some prospects are far too tempting to look away from – and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé (22), despite his failure to live up to the hype in La Liga, could fit into that category. Arsenal are believed to be long-term admirers of the winger, who has been linked with a move, in some capacity (be it a loan or a permanent deal), to the Emirates ever since he joined Barcelona in 2017 for €105 million plus add-ons.
Now, according to Spanish paper Diario Sport, the Gunners, along with Manchester United, are eyeing a £43 million swoop, with Barcelona open to selling. The reason Dembélé’s value has fallen is his injury record, and both Premier League clubs are trying to understand why the player has been sidelined so often before taking the risk of splashing the cash on him. With 19 goals and 17 assists, Dembélé promises a lot and is undoubtedly a massive talent, but has shockingly only completed the full 90 minutes 10 times in 74 games. In February, a thigh injury meant he was ruled out for the rest of the 19-20 season (before we knew the season would come to a halt). Furthermore, he has been criticized for losing the ball easily, not tracking back, refusing medical scans, and not paying enough attention to his diet.
The Frenchman primarily plays on the right wing, but given that Nicolas Pepe plays there for Arsenal, he could certainly provide his services on the left side if a move were to materialise. In fact, he is versatile enough that he could still be considered as an option for striker, given his age and that there is plenty of time for him to develop. He is excellent on both feet and very agile. He would be no traditional replacement for Aubameyang, but there is no doubt that if he stayed fit, he would bring something new and thrilling to Arsenal’s attack.
Header Photo: www.realvalladolid.es, 2018