High-flying Lyon striker Nabil Fekir has admitted that a move to Arsenal could materialise this summer, though claimed he has concerns over how he would settle there.
French newspaper Le 10 Sport, citing L'Equipe, today carries quotes from the young forward playing up the idea of a move to England, with his name having been linked with the Emirates Stadium in the past.
Fekir on Arsenal move
Though Arsene Wenger didn’t attempt to sign a striker in the January transfer window he could well do so in the summer, and if Fekir’s most recent comments are anything to go by, he could be the man to bolster their ranks.
"If Arsenal proposes €25 million to OL? We'll see. I don't want to leave too soon and stay on the bench. I am a fighter and I love playing well, I'm not happy if I do not play. This is only my first season at the high level and at Arsenal, with the big players they have, it would be difficult to play for them, perhaps," Fekir said.
"This is only my first season at the high level and at Arsenal, with the big players they have, it would be difficult to play for them, perhaps"
Do Arsenal need him?
In the past the player’s father has suggested that his son would only leave Lyon for Arsenal, with the starlet clearly of the opinion that the Gunners can aid his development. Given Wenger’s aptitude when it comes to working with rising talents it makes sense to assume that would be the case, and because the north London giants need another frontman it could be an ideal scenario.
At the moment Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck are the primary options up front for Arsenal, though neither is overly prolific. Fekir’s strike rate of 8 goals in 16 Ligue 1 games is impressive for a 21-year-old, though admittedly Giroud was a regular scorer in that league prior to his move to England, and hasn’t been as lethal since.
As such a move for the youngster this summer might not be a good idea, with Wenger perhaps better served waiting to see if he continues his rise next season.
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