'Shut him down': BBC pundit says £26m Arsenal target did absolutely nothing at the World Cup today
Arsenal are being linked with a move for Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic but he did little against the Netherlands today to excite the Gunners fans.
Pulisic is said to be among the targets Arsenal are looking at ahead of January. After falling down the pecking order at Chelsea a bit, the American could be available. The Daily Mail reported recently how Pulisic is being watched by Arsenal, Man United, and Newcastle. Further, TuttoJuve says Pulisic is worth around the £26m mark, some way off the fee Chelsea paid initially.
Of course, Pulisic was in action today for the USA against the Netherlands. He was on the losing side in the end as the game finished 3-1. And watching on the for BBC, Jurgen Klinsmann felt that Pulisic simply got shut down out of the game by the Dutch.
“The Dutch showed their experience. They knew that the main threat from the US was Christian Pulisic. They can get the odd goal from elsewhere but Pulisic is the threat and they just shut him down by not allowing him to get any deliveries,” Klinsmann commented on the BBC.
Pulisic will now take a small period of time off before returning to Chelsea. From there, he faces a tricky decision over what his future holds.
TBR’s View: Pulisic not the answer for Arsenal
To be fair to Pulisic, he did try and probe away for the US today and cause problems. But in the end, he just didn’t have the quality to really affect the game.
In terms of a move to Arsenal, you do question whether he’s better than they already have. The likes of Saka, Martinelli and Odegaard are class acts in attacking midfield. The Gunners really need someone who is going to challenge those players.
On this performance, and his form at Chelsea, you’d have to say Pulisic might not be the answer.
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