According to a recent report by Le10Sport (translated by The Daily Star), Arsenal are lining up a move to acquire the services of Moussa Dembele from Olympique Lyonnais. The same source has claimed that both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave the Gunners next summer as the club is set to go through a transitional period. So Mikel Arteta could move in for the Ligue 1 sensation as an ideal replacement for the duo at the end of this campaign (via Le10Sport).
Dembele’s Impressive Season At Lyon
Dembele has made a productive start to this campaign after he put in several match-winning displays for Lyon in the French top-flight. He has featured in 25 matches for Rudi Garcia’s side this term, scoring ten goals while creating two assists on all fronts.
The 23-year-old has averaged 2.0 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per game in the French first division (stats via whoscored). Dembele is currently one of the most feared strikers in France due to his prolific goal-scoring record at Lyon since arriving from Celtic in the summer of 2018. The ex-Fulham frontman has also represented France at various youth levels but is yet to earn a senior cap for his nation.
What Will The French Hot Shot Bring To The Emirates Stadium?
Dembele is a pacey forward who can make some well-timed runs behind the opposition backline. He loves to beat the off-side trap to get a clear run through on goal. What makes the Frenchman such a useful forward is his ability to find the back of the net consistently at the highest level. He has also got a commanding physical presence which makes him a threat from set-pieces.
If the Gunners end up losing either Aubameyang or Lacazette at the end of this campaign, then it makes a lot of sense for Arteta to make a move to recruit Dembele. He is the type of talent who will suit Arsenal’s playing style at North London. The French marksman will add his fair share of goals, but it is worth noting that he is not as prolific as Aubameyang.
One can even argue whether Dembele will be able to score so freely in a highly competitive league like the Premier League, which is known for its physicality and high intensity.
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