Arsenal have been linked with a few attackers this summer and The Athletic journalist David Ornstein has provided an update over their pursuit of Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin.
However, speaking on his podcast (via Sportslens) Ornstein said: “One of the names that have come up in recent days in Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle. My information is Arsenal are not interested in Allan Saint-Maximin. He’s not a target that they are pursuing.”
Saint-Maximin has managed on average 1.8 shots per game, 1.3 key passes a game and completed 4.6 successful dribbles per game, per WhoScored.
With Bukayo Saka emerging from the Gunners’ academy and becoming a a valuable presence both on the left wing and at full-back, bringing in the Frenchman could stunt his growth as the Gunners have already splashed big on Pepe (their £72m record signing). Therefore, if they also brought in the Newcastle man, Arteta may feel obligated to start his big-money signings, which could potentially harm Saka’s first team chances.
The Arsenal teenager actually has more goal contributions this campaign in all competitions than Saint-Maximin as the Gunners star has four goals and 10 assists prior to tonight’s clash against Leicester, whilst the Frenchman has four goals and seven assists. Therefore, perhaps it is for the best that the club are reportedly not interested in the Newcastle winger.
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