I’ve heard the Ryan Fraser to Arsenal rumours and now it’s a transfer I want to happen more than any other.
The 25-year-old has been a revelation for Bournemouth this season and, if the speculation is to be believed, has convinced Unai Emery that he’s capable of making the step up to the Gunners.
This is a transfer I’m vehemently on board with and one that makes sense for all parties involved.
With just one year remaining on Fraser’s contract at the Vitality Stadium, Arsenal could land the winger for a cut-price fee rumoured to be in the region of £15million.
However, the winger would be far more than just a bargain buy.
The Scotland international will be the perfect remedy to the Gunners’ distinct lack of width and would fill a void that has been present at the Emirates for several seasons.
Such is the absence of a conventional winger in the Arsenal squad that fans have been left longing for the return of 19-year-old Reiss Nelson from his loan spell at Hoffenheim.
The addition of Fraser alongside the returning Nelson would add a different dimension to the already immense offensive options that Emery has at his disposal.
Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are both more comfortable when deployed as inside forwards, whereas Fraser would be a textbook touchline-hugger, the likes of which the Emirates crowd haven’t seen since the enigmatic Theo Walcott.
The pocket rocket has contributed ten assists for Eddie Howe’s side this season, a total bettered only by Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen in the Premier League.
Fraser has also chipped in with six goals in 32 games and his goal involvement shines when compared to the numbers managed by his potential future team-mates.
With Fraser stalling on signing a new contract with the Cherries, Howe has admitted that he might be rendered helpless from stopping the winger from moving onto pastures new.
The lure of joining Arsenal, a club that the Scotsman has described as a “massive, massive club”, would seemingly prove impossible to resist for a player who modestly cut his teeth with Aberdeen.
Now 25, Fraser has enjoyed several seasons in the top flight with Bournemouth and is approaching the peak years of his career.
If the transfer was to go through, Emery wouldn’t be taking a punt on an unproven raw talent but instead a Premier League proven winger whose best years are still to come.
Disregarding the modest transfer fee that’s being touted, Fraser is a player who the Gunners should be interested in snapping up this summer regardless of the price.
A Scotsman at the Emirates is a rare breed indeed.
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