Arsenal looking to sign Ligue 1 star this summer


To say Arsenal's form since football restarted has been patchy would be an understatement.

The Gunners suffered back to back defeats before winning against Sheffield United and Southampton.

Four away games was far from ideal after they returned to action, so to see the Emirates Stadium last night would have been a welcoming change of pace.

Mikel Arteta's men have been poor on the road but those two victories ought to have given his side plenty of confidence.

However, European football, in particular Champions League football, seems a stretch next season. 

Though, could their chances next term be enhanced with dipping their toes into the transfer market? It's highly likely.

Like last summer, it looks as though the Gunners will return to Ligue 1 in pursuit of attacking talent.

In recent years, both Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe have arrived from across the channel. 


However, the latest name to be linked with a switch is Lyon's Memphis Depay. 

That's according to Le10 Sport who made fresh claims on Wednesday morning. They suggest that Mikel Arteta wants to sign the player this summer with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Lacazette's futures far from certain.


Depay has the type of profile that Arteta reportedly admires and with just a year left on his contract in Lyon, could leave this summer.

Transfermarkt value the Dutchman at £39.6m

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

The news that Lacazette and Aubameyang could depart is worrying but the thought of Depay arriving would surely be a good replacement.

Depay flopped at Manchester United in the Premier League a number of years ago, scoring just seven times in over 50 matches.

However, the attacker has become a revelation since moving away.

In 18 matches this term, the 26-year-old has netted 14 strikes, setting the French league alight. On top of that, he performs 2.2 dribbles per game.

A player who can play central or out wide, he could finally replace Alexis Sanchez, a forward who produced so much for the club before he departed for United.

In his final Premier League campaign in north London, he amassed 2.1 dribbles per outing while scoring seven times. The year before that he netted on 24 occasions.

There are clearly parallels between the two and Arteta could benefit enormously from having such a player in his squad.

Arsenal lack genuine match-winners capable of creating something out of nothing - Depay would be that if he joined.

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