Rumours linking Ryan Fraser with a summer switch to Arsenal have intensified in recent days after the Scottish winger refused to quash speculation while speaking to the media.
According to a recent report from Sky Sports, Fraser feels flattered by reports linking him with a move to north London.
“They are a huge club, a massive club. When you see your name thrown around you always think to yourself that you are a Bournemouth player and you try to do well.
“I’m not going to lie, you do feel good, especially when it’s a massive club.”
These quotes emerged after a report from The Times revealed that the Gunners are tracking the Bournemouth ace after being impressed by the extent of his impact in the Premier League this season.
With these reports in mind, Football FanCast writers have been debating whether Arsenal should make a summer bid for one of Bournemouth’s most outstanding players this summer, and it’s fair to say the topic has divided opinion…
“No they shouldn’t. Yes, the Scotland international has had a brilliant season for Bournemouth, but he is more of a West Ham-type signing than an Arsenal one. The Gunners need better if they want to prove to their fans that they are serious about making huge progress both in the Premier League and the Champions League next season and beyond. One or two marquee signings are needed in wide areas, and Unai Emery must go back to the drawing board to find a suitable winger.”
“Arsenal should definitely bring Ryan Fraser to the Emirates this summer. The Scottish international has enjoyed an excellent season for Bournemouth so far, scoring six goals and recording 10 assists, and at just 25 years of age, he still has a vast ceiling for improvement. Additionally, the diminutive Cherries man will have just a year remaining on his contract in the summer, which means that the Gunners could potentially get him on the cheap – this particular fact should entice Emery to do a deal.”
“It depends on the price and how they plan to use him. Fraser has been sensational for the Cherries this season, but there’s no telling how he’d fare under the pressure that inevitably comes with signing for a top six side. I also just do not think he is the top class calibre wide man they are looking for, so if he is signed it should be as a squad player, not a Ramsey or Sanchez replacement.”
“Yes. Fraser is a player with a high ceiling who is having an excellent season and he’d improve Arsenal. Alex Iwobi lacks the genuine pace needed to be a real threat on the left wing and Fraser has it in spades. The Scot is unlikely to cost too much and can potentially take his game to the next level at the Emirates. Do it.”