Arsenal interest in relegated star would be no surprise – ex-Prem boss

Arsenal are are sure to be interested in 18-year-old Charlton forward Ademola Lookman, according to former Blackpool boss Ian Holloway.

The young Englishman’s breakthrough at The Valley has been a rare shining light in an otherwise desolate season for the former Premier League club, who were last night relegated to League One following a goalless draw with bottom club Bolton Wanderers.

Lookman, who only made his debut for the Londoners in November in a 1-0 loss to MK Dons, has since scored four goals and has furthermore been named Championship Apprentice of the Year at the Football League Awards.

Holloway, who helped guide Blackpool to promotion from the Championship in 2010, believes Arsene Wenger, as well as a host of other Premier League managers, are interested in securing the youngster’s signature this summer following his impressive breakthrough season.

“They’ll do well to keep Lookman in the summer,” he told Sky Sports. “He’s going to be a sought-after commodity. The vultures will be circling around him. He reminds me of Joel Campbell at Arsenal. It wouldn’t surprise me if Arsene Wenger is interested.”

As well as Joel Campbell, Holloway also likened Lookman to Wilfred Zaha, a player he managed during his tenure at Crystal Palace.

“He’s very, very quick and has a sharp brain. He throws a shoulder one way and then he’s gone, a bit like Wilfried Zaha. Both of them can tie people in knots when they get you one-on-one. Lookman is good enough to be picked up by one of the top clubs in the Premier League.”

Arsenal, who have yet again fallen short of a genuine title challenge, will be looking to bolster their squad in the coming summer transfer window.

While Lookman would certainly be an exciting young addition, former Gunners midfielder Ray Parlour told Sky Sports he believes Arsene Wenger needs more proven additions.

“[Wenger] needs to make some big signings, there is no doubt about that. In the summer transfer window they need to go out and get these players to put them on to the next level like City and clubs like that because it is going to be such a competitive league next year.”