Arsenal suffered a disappointing defeat in their last encounter against West Ham United and are currently stranded in the fifth position of the Premier League table. The Gunners would be looking to get back into the top four with Manchester United looking to overtake them in the race for top 4.
After the disappointment of the last two seasons, the north London club are looking determined to end the season on a high, which might see them invest in the January transfer market. According to the Belgian news outlet RTBF, as cited by Football.London, the Gunners have been linked with a move for Yannick Carrasco, who is currently plying his trade in the Chinese Super League.
As per the report, the Belgian winger’s wife has said that he has been contacted by a number of clubs from all over Europe including Arsenal. The Gunners might look to add a new winger to their squad, and the former Atletico Madrid player could be an excellent inclusion to the side.
Unai Emery already has the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette at his disposal, both of whom have been in decent form this season. However, Arsenal’s attack has lacked the teeth on the wings and have failed to build from the midfield with their talismanic playmaker Mesut Ozil not being able to play on a regular basis.
The inclusion of a player like Carrasco, who has 23 goals and 17 assists under his belt while playing for a top club like Atletico Madrid, could easily fill the void on the wing at Arsenal. Carrasco can also put in a shift as an attacking midfielder.
However, the player has never played in the Premier League, and that might be the only detriment for him in joining the north London club. If Arsenal can pull off this deal and bring Carrasco to the Emirates Stadium, it would be a good signing for them for sure. Also, the fact that the Belgian ace is only 25 years old would also mean that he could be an asset for the Gunners for a long time to come.
Emery has already shown that he is a fine tactician in his very first season in the Premier League and has earned a number of good results. It would be suicidal for him to throw away the hard-earned advantage due to the lack of quality players. He would be well aware of the quality of Carrasco, having seen him from up close while managing in the La Liga and it would be interesting to see what is his take on this deal.