A player reportedly sought after by Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has received huge praise after being named in two pundits’ teams of the season so far.
According to The Mirror, the Gunners are interested in Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, who has registered a sensational 60 goals and 31 assists in 126 Hoops appearances.
Arteta reportedly plans to bolster his ranks amid an uncertain Emirates Stadium future for two of their main frontmen, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Edouard has claimed 27 goals and 19 assists this season, helping Celtic move 13 points clear ahead of closest rivals Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership table before the season was suspended.
The 22-year-old 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).
In conversation with the Scottish Sun, former Rangers midfielder Alex Rae and former Celtic defender Mark Wilson both named Edouard in their best XIs of 2019-20 so far.
Rae wrote: “The Frenchman leads the line brilliantly as a No9 or can play with a partner. He links the play well, can make things happen on his own and has scored a wide range of quality goals.”
Wilson, meanwhile, wrote: “He’s been the complete all round striker this year. Can play off the shoulder, can hold it up, can drop into hole and can score free kicks. He works hard for the team also with minimum fuss.”
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.
Scotland’s 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.