Arsenal are said to be keen on signing Yannick Carrasco (Foot Mercato).
The Gunners are seemingly after reinforcements in the wide areas this month, with Nicolas Pepe having also been strongly linked.
Unai Emery doesn’t have an abundance of natural wide players, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang playing wide left on occasion, and Alex Iwobi on the right.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also an option, but he has mainly played centrally when called upon by his manager this term.
Apparently Carrasco has been ‘offered’ to Arsenal, with the winger keen to cut short his stint with Chinese side Dalian Yifang.
A hugely risky signing
Arsenal’s supposed interest in Carrasco surely comes about two years too late.
The fact that he has gone to play his football in China during his peak is somewhat worrying.
His Far East move makes a transfer for him now all the more risky, because the difference in standard between the Chinese Super League and the Premier League is colossal.
There’s a chance that Carrasco might not be able to return to the player he was a couple of seasons ago, where he scored 14 goals for Atletico Madrid in all competitions.
In 2016/17 he was a mainstay in the side and arguably produced the best football of his career.
For Dalian Yifang, Carrasco has scored seven goals and made five assists in 25 appearances. Those are not stellar numbers for a player of his quality in a league of considerably lower standard, suggesting the experience has negatively affected him.
Arsenal surely would be better off attempting to sign Pepe, someone who has been ripping up Ligue 1 with Lille.
That said, any potential deals for Arsenal now seem up in the air after Unai Emery claimed in a press conference that only loan deals would be possible this month (ESPN).