Arsenal have reportedly decided against a move to sign Christian Eriksen despite being available for a knockdown price of just £12million, but Mikel Arteta needs to make a u-turn and bring the Dane to The Emirates stadium.
Eriksen, 28, left Tottenham in January for Inter Milan – after seven years and 305 appearances in all competitions. However, since his move to Inter, 103-time Denmark international Eriksen has struggled under Antonio Conte.
Clocking up 34 appearances in all competitions for Inter, he has scored just four goals. Hardly the kind of ratio you would expect from a player that had a hand in 158 goals during his time in north London – with Spurs.
ESPN claim Arsenal have been given the chance to bring Eriksen back to the capital, for a bargain £12million. However, the Daily Star says Arsenal have decided against a move to sign the playmaker – leaving PSG and Dortmund to fight it out.
But is that really the right decision? Arsenal last scored a Premier League goal from open play on October 4 against Sheffield United. They failed to net against Manchester City, Leicester City, Aston Villa and Leeds United.
Without Mesut Ozil, they do not have a number 10 that is able to supply the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah with the necessary chances. Joe Willock is better as an eight, and is yet to shine in the league.
Although Eriksen’s form is far from its best, at £12million he is a bargain. He is the kind of player capable of producing something out of nothing – whether that be from open play, from a corner or scoring from a free-kick.
Eriksen is a top, top player and if he is willing to put his Tottenham past behind him, then Arsenal have got to do everything within their power to sign him. Arteta needs to make a u-turn on his reported decision and sign him in January.