Barcelona are a club in the midst of a crisis of sorts and Arsenal could look to take advantage by following up on some previous interest in forward, Antoine Griezmann.
The Catalan giants saw Josep Bartomeu resign from his role as president yesterday, following on from a summer where Leo Messi very nearly left, while Luis Suarez also moved onto Atletico Madrid.
Their start under Ronald Koeman hasn’t been great, either. Talks of squad fallouts and poor results are already rife among the La Liga giants, meaning another exodus of players may well follow soon enough.
One man who could fall foul of Koeman’s reign is Griezmann. He’s yet to complete 90 minutes this season and hasn’t scored a goal, playing just nine minutes in the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid.
However, Arsenal were said to be keen on the Frenchman in the summer (Express), so could Mikel Arteta offer Griezmann a way out and by the same token, solve a problem in his own squad?
Goals and creativity
Arsenal have a bit of an issue at the moment in that Alexandre Lacazette isn’t producing the goods, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also struggling for form since his new deal.
Eddie Nketiah remains a young man learning his craft, while Mesut Ozil has been banished from the squad, meaning the Gunners lack a potent number nine or ten at the moment.
Griezmann, though, can do both those roles. Yes, his time in Barcelona hasn’t been quite what he would have hoped since he completed a £107m move, but this is a World Cup winning forward who was nothing short of superb for France and Atletico in that time period.
Wages, of course, would be an issue. He earns over £700k-a-week in Spain if reports are to be believed, something that Arsenal simply won’t be covering.
However, Arteta is shaping his squad and will no doubt move on more players soon enough. Lacazette is one who could go, while the likes of Mustafi, Pepe, and a few other fringe players could free up funds.
The demands from Griezmann would need to come down. But amid all the turmoil in Barcelona, the time might be now for Arsenal to strike if they do maintain a vested interest in the French star.