Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has given special praise to Wolverhampton Wanderers attacker Adama Traore ahead of his side’s trip to Molineux on Saturday in the Premier League.
The Gunners travel to Wolves over the weekend, as sixth hosts eighth in the league table.
Traore, 24, is likely to be a major threat for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side operating from the right flank and he’s taken his game to new heights with his pace and power.
Arteta has singled out the threat of the Spanish winger before his team face him and perhaps the North London outfit will be keeping a special eye on him.
The Sun reported back in April that both Arsenal and Liverpool were interested in signing Traore ahead of next season.
“Adama, I know him from his time at Barcelona, and he’s a player that can unlock the door at any moment in the game,” Arteta said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“I always saw incredible potential and that he could develop and evolve certain areas of his game. He was unstoppable to play at times.
“When he gets service in the right moments and gets isolated, it’s so difficult to defend and he is showing that in a constant way right now. Something that is not easy to do for a very talented football player.”
TBR View – Do Arsenal need Traore?
After a slow start to his Wolves career, there is no doubt that Traore’s career has lift off during the past year and he’s starting to show the kind of potential that made him a highly-rated talent at Spanish giants Barcelona.
The explosive attacker can be almost unstoppable for defenders to handle when in full flow, with a perfect blend of pace and power an ideal fit for the Premier League.
There is no doubt that he’s a serious talent that would be welcomed at the Emirates Stadium if Arsenal manage to secure his signature, but is he what they need for next season?
Arsenal have already invested heavily in right-winger Nicolas Pepe, who has shown in glimpses during his first season at the club that he has a bright future and deserves time to improve.
There are plenty of holes that need filling to get Arsenal anywhere near the top teams in the division and any investment is surely better off being focused on defensive areas of the pitch.