Free agent Bernard could boost Arsenal’s attack if played the right way

Arsenal manager Unai Emery should turn attention to free agent Bernard as he looks to improve the width in his team.

What’s the word?

On Monday, Andersinho Marques of Premium Sport tweeted that Bernard has a choice of three Premier League clubs to sign for this summer.

Arsenal are among them, as well as Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool.

West Ham United were also heavily linked with the Brazilian’s signature, but it has been widely reported that Bernard rejected an offer to join the East London club.

The last five years for the attack-minded player have been spent at Shakhtar Donetsk, but he is now looking for a fresh challenge having come to the end of his contract.

Bernard is versatile in that he can play on the left wing or as an attacking midfielder.

If needed, the Brazilian can also be used on the right, but he is more comfortable doing his runs and taking on players down the opposite channel.

Why would Arsenal benefit?

The Gunners have some deadly attacking options in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, but with the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain no longer at the club, the threat from wide areas is lacking.

Bernard may not be a world beater, but he has the speed and skill to provide service to Aubameyang.

Last season, the Brazilian made 29 appearances in all competitions, and in that time scored 10 goals and registered four assists.

Throughout his entire professional career, Bernard has provided more goals than scored them as he has created 54 assists and found the back of the net 44 times.

There is a risk to this deal, but taking into account the fact that Bernard will be a free transfer, it is worth pursuing for Arsenal.