Arsenal continue to be involved in the transfer market this window, as Unai Emery sets his target on bringing the team back to the helm of success. They have already improved all areas of the squad with experienced and exciting players to represent Arsenal next season.
Ever since the Welsh-based club suffered relegation to the Championship from the Premier League, The72 reports that the Gunners and the Red half of Merseyside are outsiders in the contention to land Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson. The odds Sky Bet are claiming for Mawson to jump back into the Premier League are 22/1 in favour of Arsenal and 28/1 for Liverpool to make the signing.
Having impressed onlookers during his time at Barnsley, Swansea came calling for the young defender and confirmed his capture in 2016. Mawson had a terrific season with the Tykes prior to his Swansea move, as he went on to complete 50 appearances while scoring 9 goals.
He continued to impress at the Welsh-based club despite suffering relegation. He was one of the few players who stood out during the Swans’ poor league campaign and playing in the Championship will boost his chances for potential suitors to snap up the defender.
Arsenal will be a good platform for the centre back to showcase his growth potential and signing for the Gunners will only help Mawson to develop further as a player since the standards are higher at the North London based club. Training and playing with experienced and high profile players on a regular basis will be a massive boost for the defender to increase his chances of getting a call-up to the England squad.
A consistent and reliable performer at the heart of the Swans defence, Mawson accumulated four yellow cards during his 71 appearances for the Welsh outfit. An impressive statistic for a defender of his age. Breaking into the starting 11 will not prove easy as captain Laurent Koscielny and new Borussia Dortmund recruit Sokratis will be the first choice defensive pairing to lead the Gunners from the back.
Domestic cup competitions like the FA Cup and EFL Cup will perhaps give Mawson the chance to adorn the Arsenal jersey and showcase his ability on the pitch. Reportedly, Burnley are also said to have opened talks with Swansea over the signing of Mawson but face competition from fellow Premier League opposition West Ham United, who are looking to better their squad as well. However, it goes without saying that a player of Mawson’s calibre deserves the opportunity to be playing at the highest level and a switch back into the Premier League will only be fair for the Englishman.
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