It seems that this window’s transfer rumours are infatuated with linking Arsenal and wide men.
Every possible winger that could possibly be linked with the Gunners has at one time or another in the last two weeks been tenuously added to Unai Emery’s figurative shopping list.
Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth is yet another.
The Scotsman enjoyed a stellar season for the Cherries last season, scoring seven goals and bagging 14 assists, a joint high in the League.
That was for a Bournemouth side who struggled for consistency, so to get those figures shows that Fraser has exactly what it takes to play for a bigger side.
The media obviously agree, and a figure around the £30m mark is being bandied around as a potential fee for the Scotsman’s services. That would eat a huge chunk of our transfer budget, but Fraser’s direct style and orthodox wing-play is exactly what we need – but there are other suitors for the player.
Fraser has the physicality for the Premier League and he is well suited to be the outlet a counter-attacking side need. More importantly, his delivery is nothing short of reliable, and he could be the supply that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette thrive from.
Still, Bournemouth will be well aware of what they stand to lose, so will be holding out for the right amount of compensation for a player who has proved he can cut it at the top level. His stats are significantly higher than another player we have been recently linked to – Wilfried Zaha – yet the valuation contrast between the two is ridiculous. Who would you prefer, a player who can perform stepovers or a player who will deliver.
Besides, we already have a player who has a bag of tricks – now we need a player who can lay the ball on a plate for our strikers, and be a goal threat themselves – and Fraser ticks those boxes.
We wait with bated breath to see who Arsenal go for, but Fraser will be at least near the top of the list.