Bournemouth are preparing to dig their heels in regarding the future of Ryan Fraser, who is entering the final year of his contract.
According to The Mirror, Arsenal are interested in signing the Scotland winger but his current club are so keen to keep him for next season that they are willing to risk losing him for free next summer.
The Mirror stated that Bournemouth had offered Fraser a new contract last autumn but the player rejected it in order to keep his options open.
Arsenal have also been targeting Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace but, as reported by The Mirror, his £80million valuation could see the Gunners turn their attention to Fraser instead.
When you look at the impact Fraser has had at Bournemouth, it comes as no surprise that his club are desperate to hold on to him for at least another season.
He scored seven goals for the Cherries in 2018/19 and provided a massive tally of 14 assists. In last season’s Premier League, only Eden Hazard (15) could better that total. In his three top-flight seasons so far at the Vitality Stadium, the Scotland winger has scored 15 goals and recorded 25 assists.
Fraser’s seven goals and 14 assists in the league in 2018/19 were achieved in 3,173 minutes on the pitch. That works out as a goal per 453.28 minutes and an assist per 226.64 minutes.
Last season, Fraser averaged 31.4 passes, 2.4 key passes and two crosses per game in the Premier League, while he was fouled on average 1.8 times per match. One area of his game where there is scope for improvement, though, is in the accuracy of his passing – his success ratio for this attribute is 76.9%.
The Bournemouth man operates mainly as a left winger, a position currently occupied at Arsenal by Alex Iwobi.
In 2018/19, the Nigeria international featured in 35 Premier League games, scoring three times and providing seven assists during his 1,968 minutes of game-time. That averages out at a goal per 656 minutes and an assist per 281.14 minutes, both of which are inferior ratios to Fraser’s.
Iwobi averaged 27.2 passes, 1.1 key passes and 0.3 crosses per game in the league last season, all of which were less than Fraser. His passing success rate of 77.8% was marginally better than the Bournemouth player’s, though.
All told, Fraser’s statistics indicate that he would be a more effective option than Iwobi on Arsenal’s left-hand side and, valued at £27m on Transfermarkt.co.uk, might be available for much less than Zaha. Emery ought to push Bournemouth’s resistance further and see if he can persuade them to part with the flying Scotsman before the end of this transfer window.
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