Arsenal: Emery can’t afford to blow his budget on risks like Bourigeaud swoop

Arsenal: Emery can’t afford to blow his budget on risks like Bourigeaud swoop

Arsenal supporters have had it tough when it comes to transfers recently. Ever since Arsene Wenger blew his budget out of the window by purchasing Alexandre Lacazette (BBC) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (BBC) in consecutive windows, things have looked grim financially, as explained in The Guardian.

The money just isn’t there at The Emirates and with Unai Emery working on a shoestring budget – as The Daily Mail claimed in February they had just £45m to spend – it would come as no surprise to see him looking to the likes of Ligue 1 for some bargains, as he did last season with the coy purchase of Matteo Guendouzi (Sky Sports).

This time, though, the player we’re talking about just isn’t the answer for the Gunners, as Estadio Deportivo have claimed that Unai Emery is looking into the signing of £10.8m rated Stade Rennais midfielder, Benjamin Bourigeaud, valuation via Transfermarkt.

The 25-year-old may have posted some respectable numbers for Rennes including six goals and five assists in Ligue 1, but that doesn’t mean a lot if you’re on the way to the Premier League. The historical example of this comes in the form of a man Arsenal signed from Ligue 1, Gervinho.

Back in summer 2011, Arsenal splashed £10.8m (BBC), the same fee as Bourigueard’s valuation, on the Ivorian after he smashed it for Lille, scoring 15 and assisting 11, stats via Transfermarkt. After that move, Gervinho played 63 games for the Gunners, scoring a pathetic 11 times

If that move doesn’t provide Arsenal fans with fear over a move for the Rennes midfield man, then nothing will. We may end up being proved wrong, but it’s not looking good.

Arsenal fans, do you agree that Bourigeaud isn’t worth the risk? Let us know!

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