Arsenal aren’t enjoying the best of campaigns with Mikel Arteta still busy finding his feet at the Emirates Stadium.
Whilst the Gunners aren’t losing many games, they aren’t winning much either.
During 2019/20, Arsenal have drawn 13 of their 25 Premier League fixtures and Arteta needs to find a winning formula.
With the Gunners languishing in 10th place, Arteta might already have his attentions on starting afresh next season.
The Express has claimed that ball-playing midfielders might be on the Spaniard’s list of targets for the summer.
With European football unlikely to be on the agenda for Arsenal that could force the club into lowering their expectations when it comes to signings.
One man who probably wouldn’t cost a bomb and who would surely relish the challenge of playing for Arsenal is James Ward-Prowse.
The 25-year-old has been at Southampton for his whole career but on current form, he might have some admirers this summer.
Ward-Prowse is versatile when it comes to playing midfield and even filled in at right-back in a recent game at Liverpool.
He has been loyal to Southampton, playing 265 games for the club. It does seem likely at some point, however, that he will earn a move to a bigger club.
According to Who Scored, the midfielder is the outstanding performer for the Saints.
They give him a 7.08 average for the season so far, marginally higher than Danny Ings.
Ward-Prowse has a pass success ratio of 76.9. He also completes two long balls per game and makes on average 40 passes per game.
For context, Lucas Torreira only makes 32 passes a game and just under one long ball per game on average.
Arsenal might choose to shop overseas given that occasionally better value for money can be sought abroad.
Southampton won’t let Ward-Prowse leave on the cheap but he’d definitely match Arteta’s ball-playing criteria.
The man with two England caps is paid £45,000-a-week by Southampton and Arsenal would probably be able to give him a significant pay rise.
Time will tell whether the Saints man will earn a move in the summer.
Arsenal could certainly do a lot worse than pursue Ward-Prowse to bolster their ranks ahead of next season.