In Focus: Lyon’s Nabil Fekir and Arsenal a perfect fit

Arsenal could be lining up a move for Lyon’s star forward Nabil Fekir after his agent hinted that the Frenchman might not be at Lyon next season, as reported by Telefoot via The Mirror.

What’s the story?

Jean Pierre Barnes told Telefoot: “Will Fekir still be at Lyon next season? It’s too early to talk about it.

“After considering my relationship with (Lyon president) Jean-Michel Aulas, we will make the best decision.”

Fekir himself has refused to rule out a move away from Lyon, and has listed Arsenal as one of the clubs he could see himself playing for.

What would he bring to Arsenal?

Arsene Wenger has said earlier in the season that the attacking options he has at his disposal are a ‘luxury’, and the Gunners have compensated well for the loss of Alexis Sanchez with the additions of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window.

Nevertheless, Fekir could provide a different kind of attacking threat to that provided by Alexandre Lacazatte or Aubameyang. Who Scored lists Fekir as having a pass success rate of 84.1%, which is a whole 9% higher than Lacazette and even higher still than the more midfield-oriented Mkhitaryan.

Arsenal have a wealth of attacking options, but Fekir could provide the level of passing accuracy that would make him a potent threat in Wenger’s system.