A player who has declared the prospect of a move to Arsenal as his “dream” has picked up yet another personal accolade.
Earlier this month, Brentford striker Ollie Watkins admitted that making the switch to the Emirates Stadium would be his dream, in conversation with the Sports Gazette.
Watkins has been in sensational form for the Championship side this season, weighing in with 22 goals and three assists in the league prior to the suspension of English football.
As well as helping him to second place in the league’s top scorer table, the 24-year-old’s exploits also saw him win the EFL Player of the Year gong at the London Football Awards.
After picking up the trophy, he was asked by Sports Gazette reporter Callum Room about a prospective move to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.
“Yeah, the dream. That’s the dream to play for Arsenal one day”, Watkins replied. “But you know, it’s a long shot.”
Watkins has now received the Championship Goal of the Month award for February, with Sky Sports reporting that his effort against Blackburn on 22 February received 43 percent of the public vote.
“Pace and precision at breakneck speed, this was Watkins at his stunning best as he chested down a through ball before a quick swish of his right foot saw him unleash an unstoppable dipper,” wrote the outlet.
Watkins saw off competition from Derby’s Tom Lawrence and Wigan’s Kieffer Moore.
With Arsenal strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette facing uncertain futures at the Emirates Stadium, Mikel Arteta could well be on the lookout for a new striker.
Although some quarters may prefer a marquee name from another top flight in Europe or elsewhere in the world, Watkins has certainly shown he’s a cut above in the second tier of English football.
The plaudits keep coming Watkins’ way – Brentford manager Thomas Frank previously compared him to Cristiano Ronaldo – and, with the accolades and recognition following suit for his efforts, surely it’s not long before big clubs like the Gunners register an interest in the player.