According to Sky Italia, reported via Football Italia, Arsenal have apparently made contact with Yannick Carrasco’s representatives to negotiate a move to the Premier League for the Belgian winger.
The Gunners certainly ought to be in the market for a new wide man, and the 25-year-old could be the ideal target to take up this vacancy in Unai Emery’s squad.
The Gunners lack out and out wingers. The long-term injury suffered by Danny Welbeck – who is out of contract at the end of this season anyway – has left Arsenal with Alex Iwobi as the only available natural wide man in their senior squad.
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Whilst the likes of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been deployed on the flanks, these have been makeshift solutions. Ozil and Mkhitaryan lack the pace and defensive discipline to be truly effective and reliable on the wings, whilst taking Aubameyang away from his preferred central berth is a waste of his supreme goalscoring talents. Signing a new winger would free these stars up to focus on their own positions.
Emery must address this deficiency in his ranks as soon as possible. Signing Carrasco would certainly arm Arsenal with the kind of pure winger they crave.
The 31-cap Belgium international has shone in Ligue 1 and La Liga for Monaco and Atletico Madrid respectively and is now ready for the challenge of the Premier League. What’s more, his primary attributes of pace, flair and creativity are precisely what the Gunners are currently lacking.
At this stage in his career, Carrasco needs to return to the European game. His February switch to Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang was not a smart move with regards to his career progression or development as a player, but he still has time to turn it around by making a move to the Emirates Stadium.