Sky Sports pundit Kris Boyd has claimed that reported Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard would “walk into” Mikel Arteta’s team at the Emirates Stadium (The Scottish Sun).
According to The Mirror, the Gunners are interested in the highly rated Celtic 22-year-old, who has claimed an impressive 60 goals and 31 assists in 126 Hoops appearances.
Arsenal boss Arteta reportedly plans to bolster his ranks this summer amid an uncertain future for the club’s main frontmen, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Edouard has played for Celtic since the summer of 2017, when he initially joined on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, and joined the Bhoys permanently the following year for a club record £9million (Sky Sports).
This season alone, the Frenchman has 27 goals and 19 assists from 45 games in all competitions, showing he’s not only a clinical, prolific goal machine but also a selfless provider for his teammates.
While there will sometimes be doubts over whether a Scottish Premiership talent can cut it south of the border, Rangers legend Boyd has no qualms about Edouard’s quality translating to the Premier League.
“I honestly believe Edouard could go all the way,” he told the Scottish Sun. “There’s no doubt he could walk into the Arsenal team.
“Edouard has everything you want in a modern striker. Whether he leaves Celtic this summer is down to him.”
Boyd isn’t the only pundit to ‘break rank’ when it comes to praising someone plying his trade for Rangers’ bitter rivals – Steven Gerrard’s friend and former teammate Jamie Carragher recently said Edouard was the best player in Scotland (Instagram, via the Daily Record).
Celtic’s record signing has been nothing short of sensational since arriving at Parkhead and his £9million fee seems a snip now, but surely it’s now only a matter of time before he ups sticks and heads to one of Europe’s elite clubs.
Arsenal have endured a difficult season and, with questions over the futures of both Aubameyang and Lacazette, Arteta is likely to dip into the market for a new frontman.
Pundits are running out of superlatives to send Edouard’s way, and his scoring and assisting record speaks for itself – he is ready for a big career move, and Arsenal, a club eager to get back to the top table, seems like a great fit for him.