According to a recent report by Sport (translated by the Metro), Arsenal have made a loan offer to secure the services of Malcom from Barcelona on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy him permanently next summer. The same source has mentioned that the Gunners boss Unai Emery is eager to add a right-sided wide player in this off-season and has identified the La Liga prospect as an ideal candidate to feature in his first-team.
Malcom’s Struggles For The Catalans Last Season
Malcom was a frustrated figure at the Nou Camp on his debut campaign since completing his switch from FC Girondins Bordeaux in the summer of 2018. The 22-year-old featured in 22 matches for Ernesto Valverde’s side in the previous campaign, scoring four goals while creating two assists across multiple competitions. Thus, a move away from Spain could help him reignite his career in European football.
The Brazilian speedster has incredible potential and could become a world-class winger someday. Emery could make use of his talents next season as his current squad lacks depth. Furthermore, there are not too many natural wingers in the Gunners squad with Alex Iwobi the only recognisable wide player at Emery’s disposal.
Hence, recruiting a talented winger like Malcom this summer could be an essential factor in determining whether Arsenal can secure a top 4 berth in the Premier League next term.
What Will Malcom Bring To The Emirates?
The Sao Paulo born wing wizard is one of the quickest players in European football which makes him such a lethal threat out on the wide areas. The South American sensation can operate on either flank or play as a secondary striker up top. However, Malcom is far from a finished product as he lacks the composure required to finish off goal-scoring opportunities in the final third.
The acquisition of Malcom will bolster Emery’s attacking options significantly at the North London club. He will not only improve the quality of the Gunners first-team but will also add some much-needed pace out on the wings which could be a useful tool for Arsenal in their Premier League journey next season.
At 22, Malcom is about to embark upon the peak years of his playing career so the North London giants could help him fulfil his true potential and then attempt to sign him permanently at the end of his loan spell.