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Arsenal should sign Christian Eriksen

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Eriksen is one of Europe's top prospects (©GettyImages)
Eriksen is one of Europe's top prospects (©GettyImages).

Today the news broke that Frank De Boer has given the Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen the green light to move to pastures new - namely the Premier League.

The question is: why isn't Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger considering a move for the incredibly gifted playmaker? 

Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers have been long-term admirers of the Ajax man and were supposedly close to striking a deal in the region of £15m in January. What will happen now, though? Arsenal have been given the perfect opportunity to spend some money. 

Having missed out on the signing of Clement Grenier, Wenger has an even better player to sign who is a proven international and Champions League performer.

Eriksen already has an astonishing 36 caps for Denmark and netted 10 goals in 33 league appearances last year. Also averaging three key passes per game, this is a kind of player who Wenger can mould but is closer to the finished article than many realise.

Although Liverpool is probably leading the line in terms of wanting the player, Arsenal can probably easily pounce. The Gunners can now flex their financial muscle and dwarf Liverpool, but they can also offer Eriksen something he would likely still want to have: Champions League football.

If Arsenal do go head-to-head with Liverpool it is easy to see who will be viewed by Eriksen as a true step up.

Liverpool's signing of Philippe Coutinho in January also makes it seem as if their interest may not be as high as Arsenal's. Currently Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can be seen as challenging for the spot of the No. 10 and Tomas Rosicky may not be able to sustain his current level of performance. With the Arsenal squad needing depth in this area, Eriksen's quality will shine on Arsenal as another creative playmaker.

This transfer could also be the stepping stone to many more. World-class strikers as well as Olivier Giroud now believe that with more chances, they can score more goals. This potential transfer could break the dam of players wishing to join the club, and once broken new signings could be flooding in.

Now I know what you're thinking: it's impossible to get one of the world's brightest talents for just £15m amid interest of several top clubs, but Arsenal can and should do this. A proven youngster is just how the club should start their summer business and even take it into other areas.

What makes this transfer seem even more realistic is the fact that Arsenal hero and legend Dennis Bergkamp has a close relationship with Eriksen as one of the Ajax coaching staff.

It is now up to Wenger to take advantage of this player leaving and finally spend some money on proven quality. 

 

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