It was reported this week that Arsenal was plotting a sensational swoop for Ousmane Dembele, you can read more about the rumour here. This seems to have divided opinion, as it is often the case when it comes to transfer rumours, since football is a very partisan sport.
However, I believe that overall, the signing of Ousmane Dembele would be a positive one for the Gunners. Here are three reasons why I think that’s the case…
1. There has never been a better time to sign Ousmane Dembele
Think about it, Arsenal have been interested in Dembele in the past but what has put them off? Well, it was likely the transfer valuation set by Barcelona.
However, as time has moved forward, Ousmane Dembele has grown more and more surplus to requirements, although his talent has remained the same. That said, I believe that, especially given the current climate of the transfer market, Barcelona will ask for a slashed price on Dembele, making it the perfect time to sign Dembele. Also, Dembele is still only 22 years old, so it’s not like him not making it at Barcelona is any indication of his potential.
2. He will fill a position of need at Arsenal
There’s no denying that Arsenal will probably be on the hunt for an attacker or two this summer. With rumours linking both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang away from the club, Mikel Arteta must be prudent in bolstering his attack.
Dembele is a worthy attacker and he has shown versatility in being able to play across the frontline. Arsenal are also strived of out-and-out wingers, with Nicolas Pepe being the only player who is able to beat his man on a frequent basis. That said, Dembele would fill a tactical requirement from Mikel Arteta.
3. It could convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay
The last reason why I think Arsenal should sign Ousmane Dembele is the impact it may have on their want-away players.
Arsenal’s priority this summer should be to keep hold of Aubameyang as he is their most important player. That said, signing Ousmane Dembele could convince him to stay for at least another season.
Aubameyang is a known friend and advocate of Dembele as they spent a few fruitful seasons together at Borussia Dortmund. Aubameyang works best when there is creativity from wide positions, which Dembele provides. Therefore, it just makes perfect sense from a morale and tactical point-of-view.
Cover image: Paul Hudson, 2014