Arsenal eyeing move for star they rejected in 2013

Griezmann

After back to back defeats, Arsenal are now very much in a good place again.

The Gunners demolished Norwich City on Wednesday by four goals to nil, pulling together three straight wins in all competitions.

Following losses to Manchester City and Brighton, they've bounced back in brilliant fashion.

However, it's important for supporters not to count their chickens.

Mikel Arteta's men now face tough clashes against Wolves, Tottenham, Leicester and Liverpool in their next four outings. Tricky times.

It will be interesting to see where Arsenal's head coach looks to strengthen in the summer.

Deals for players like Memphis Depay have been touted, but another forward could be on his way to north London.

Arteta

That happens to be French striker Antoine Griezmann.

According to a report from The Express, the Barcelona man is stuck in a rut with the Spanish giants and could leave this summer.

The Catalan club are eyeing moves for Neymar and Lautaro Martinez which could pave the way for someone to swoop in and rescue Griezmann.

It's suggested that both Arsenal and Inter Milan are after the player. Transfermarkt currently value the 29-year-old at £86.4m.

Coincidentally, Barcelona are interested in two Arsenal players at present; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Matteo Guendouzi.

Griezmann

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Griezmann is an exceptional talent and it says a lot about Barcelona that they can just turn away a player of his quality.

This season, the forward has 14 goals to his name and four assists which is certainly no bad tally. However, for a club like Barca, that doesn't appear to be enough.

For Arsenal, though, he could be a game-changer, particularly if they lose Aubameyang this summer.

Although aged 29, Griezmann is still very much in his prime and is classed as a genuine world-class forward.

Failing to really live up to expectations in Catalonia, Arteta's side would definitely be better off for signing him. Capable of playing on the left, behind the striker or as a direct centre-forward, his versatility would be of immense benefit.

Griezmann

Coincidentally, he's someone that Arsenal rejected in the past.

The Islington outfit were incredibly keen to sign him in 2013 and the Frenchman even told his agent to reject any offers that weren't from the north Londoners.

Though, things fell apart. Speaking about it, Griezmann said: "Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi told me in the summer of 2013 that Arsene Wenger was very interested, so I put all the other bids on hold. I waited, waited and I was on hold … even when no more news came in.

“Then after some phone calls with Grimandi, he was informed that Wenger was still interested in me and so I kept waiting. Finally, a few hours before the closing of the market, I knew that Arsenal would not move." 

Rather baffling, Wenger ended up signing Yaya Sanogo instead. What inspired such a change of heart isn't known, but it clearly wasn't one that paid off.

However, seven years on, Griezmann finally has the chance to complete a switch to the Premier League.

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