Arsene Wenger has stated that Theo Walcott’s injury absence until the end of the season could affect his January transfer plans, and there’s few more in-form and available wingers on the market at the moment than Spanish top flight starlet Antoine Griezmann.
The young Frenchman has been at the heart of Real Sociedad’s rapid transformation that’s seen them rise from the Spanish second tier to the Champions League in the space of four campaigns, last term contributing a vital ten goals as La Real recorded a surprise fourth place finish in La Liga.
But the 23 year-old has already surpassed that prolific total this season, claiming 12 goals and two assists in just 16 domestic starts, making him an ideal candidate to fill Walcott’s goalscoring void from the flanks.
As well as being a prominent threat in the final third however, Griezmann is also famed for his tireless work-rate off the ball, this season averaging 2.1 tackles per match.
The two core factors of his game, combined by his undying stamina and immense pace, makes him a particularly effective tool on the counter-attack, with 11% of Sociedad’s goals coming on the break this season.
The former France U21, who has been excluded from senior affairs due to an international ban handed to him by the FFF which expired at the turn of 2014, has quickly emerged as the object of January transfer desires for several European outfits due to his incredible goal ratio this season, including PSG, Monaco, Manchester United and the Gunners.
According to the tabloids, Arsenal lodged a £12.5million bid for the winger last week, only for it to be quickly rejected by the Sociedad management. Therefore, it could take meeting his Griezmann’s release clause, rumoured to be around the £25million mark, but that’s never been Arsene Wenger’s style.