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TBR View: Arsenal should forget signing Stephan El Shaarawy

Guangzhou Evergrande v Shanghai Shenhua - 2020 Chinese Super League
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TBR View: Arsenal should forget signing Stephan El Shaarawy

The Shanghai Shenhua star will search for a loan move and reports have linked him to Arsenal.

Arsenal are in the process of trying to complete their squad ahead of the new campaign starting, following a decent transfer window so far.

One name that cropped up earlier this week was that of former Serie A star Stephan El Shaarawy, according to Di Marzio.

The 27-year-old is currently playing his football in China with Shanghai Shenhua and he is searching for a loan move to Europe once the Chinese campaign finishes at the end of the month.

It is thought that Arsenal have been sounded out as a potential suitor but should they avoid a loan that has the potential to turn into a nightmare.

Underwhelming

For starters, the man who typically operates on the left-wing isn’t exactly in possession of the best statistics on the pitch.

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He’s scored four goals and registered five assists in 19 appearances in the Chinese league, with just one assist coming during the 2020 campaign.

His record in Serie A is a bit better; El Shaarawy has 55 goals and 27 assists from 195 appearances but they’re still hardly anything to get excited about.

Expensive

Another factor that should prompt Arsenal to steer clear is that being his extortionate salary.

 

The Italian earns a staggering £333,000-a-week (Roma Press) in China and he’s hardly going to come to a European league for next to nothing.

Even though he will only join Arsenal on loan, they’ll still need to fork out a portion of those wages and they’d probably be better off being spent elsewhere.

Mikel Arteta has worked tirelessly to alter the landscape at Arsenal and El Shaarawy goes against the grain of all the good stuff he’s done so far.

At 27, the man with 25 caps is hardly old but the Gunners are renowned for bringing youngsters through.

Youngsters

Bukayo Saka was a revelation last season and if his long-term future is seen out wide, then El Shaarawy could hamper his prospects.

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Then there’s Nicolas Pepe who was starting to get into things at the back end of last season and as a club-record signing, they should give him further opportunities to prove himself.

Arsenal have done some good business the summer, with the signings of Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes and Dani Ceballos returning all undoubtedly strengthen the Gunners.

El Shaarawy just feels like a step backwards and Arsenal should avoid a potential nightmare situation and focus their attentions elsewhere.

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