“I’m not going to lie, you do feel good, especially when it’s a massive club.”
Those were the words of Ryan Fraser to Sky Sports News when the Bournemouth winger was asked about the recent reports of the Scottish international being rumoured with a move to Arsenal this summer according to the Times.
The 25-year-old playmaker has had a breakthrough campaign with the Cherries this season, currently placed second in the Premier League assist charts with 10 and contributing massively to Bournemouth’s Premier League safety with Eddie Howe this season.
With his contract expiring in 2020, Fraser could be a realistic signing for the Gunners, but what would be the potential consequences of such a move?
Arsenal save serious cash
Valued at £16.2 million on Transfermarkt, Fraser could be a steal for the Gunners if Unai Emery does go in for the former Aberdeen winger.
The wide areas, a replacement for Aaron Ramsey and improving the defence are likely the areas the Arsenal boss will be focusing on this summer, and with a limited transfer budget and Champions League football qualification still undecided, the club needs to save money wherever they can.
Signing a player off the back of their best ever season, in the prime years of their career and with 12 months remaining on their contract would be a sensible move from Emery, and a transfer that could save Arsenal millions on an alternative option.
Youngsters made to wait
With a winger coming in his prime joining the club, some of Arsenal’s promising youngsters, who largely play out wide, will be made to wait that bit longer for a first-team opportunity.
Fraser’s ability to play on both wings means the likes of Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe could be made to wait even longer for a crack of regular first-team football in north London, which would definitely irritate them.
Gunners turn to home nations for solutions
Fraser’s arrival in north London will be the first signing Arsenal make from the home nations since Rob Holding in 2016, and if the winger is a success, Emery could be swayed to turn to more British players for answers.
The Gunners are arguably one of the worst teams in the Premier League for playing domestic talent, with Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck the only players to represent any of the home nations in the past 12 months.
If Fraser is to succeed in north London, it is likely the Gunners will be more willing to buy more players from British nations and Ireland, and slowly ending the clubs overabundance of overseas signings.
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