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Arsenal Face Stiff Competition For This Barcelona Winger: What Will He Add To Arteta’s Side?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, talkSPORT claimed that Arsenal will face stiff competition for Barcelona winger Ferran Torres. It is believed that the Gunners will have to rival Aston Villa in the race to secure the services of the Spanish talent.

Torres’ Impressive Season At The Nou Camp

Torres is having a decent campaign at the Catalan club as he has produced a run of impressive displays for them in the final third. The Spanish talent has registered seven goals and two assists in 41 matches for Barca this season on all fronts.

The 23-year-old has caught the eye at times with his performances in the final third and has done well to average 1.3 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been tidy when distributing possession in the opponent’s half, based on his pass success rate of 81.3% in the top tier of Spanish football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the Nou Camp is set to run out in the summer of 2027. Thus, it won’t be easy for Arsenal to recruit him in this off-season.

Ferran Torres
ELCHE, SPAIN – APRIL 01: Ferran Torres of FC Barcelona holds off Pere Milla of Elche CF during the LaLiga Santander match between Elche CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on April 01, 2023 in Elche, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

What Will Torres Add To Arsenal Head Coach Mikel Arteta’s Team?

Torres can shoot the ball with venom and accuracy from long range and has got the vision to engineer a few clear-cut chances in the final third. He is a decent dribbler with the ball as well and can chip in by scoring and creating his fair share of goals from the wide areas.

The Spanish talent is primarily a left-sided wide player but can also function as a right-winger or as a centre-forward up top if needed.

We can expect Torres to add more firepower and depth to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s frontline. He is good enough to help the Gunners challenge for some major trophies in the coming seasons.

At 23, Torres’ best years are ahead of him which makes him a decent choice for the North London club to consider during this summer transfer period. The Spaniard has also experienced Premier League football before during his time at Manchester City and won’t take much time to settle into life at the Emirates Stadium if Arsenal can get him on board later this year.

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