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Arsenal: Jarrod Bowen could be a more prudent option

Arsenal: Jarrod Bowen could be a more prudent option

With talk of Arsenal making a move for Wilfried Zaha being reported from both BBC Sport and Sky Sports News, another rumour for a winger has since crept into the rumour mill.

According to the Sun, the Gunners are preparing a £12 million bid for Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen, who has also been on Tottenham’s radar as far back as the January window via the Sun as well.

Bowen was one of the standout stars in the Championship last season as the 22-year-old hit an impressive 22 goals in 46 appearances for the Tigers that earned the youngster a spot in the EFL Championship Team of the Season and being rated on WhoScored as Hull’s top performer last season with an average rating of 7.17, the 18th highest in the Championship overall.

With a reported £40 million to spend this summer according to Football London, Arsenal aren’t exactly in the best position to be spending too much money on a single player, and with Zaha’s value being quoted at £100m by Crystal Palace via the Daily Mail, a move for a cheaper winger could be the best course of action for Unai Emery this window, which is why a move for Bowen makes sense.

Of course, making the jump from the Championship to the Premier League can be difficult for both players as well as promoted teams, with Cardiff City and Fulham last season both going straight down in their first seasons back in the top-flight, but Arsenal have proven in the past that they are able to find gems in the second-tier of English football.

Rob Holding, for example, was signed for just £2 million from Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 2016 via BBC Sport, and although the young centre-back joined from a club that had been relegated the season prior to his arrival, the now 23-year-old defender impressed instantly, prompting Arsene Wenger to say via ESPN: “Unfortunately no one speaks about the performance of Rob Holding (vs. Leicester City). You should be happy. He is English and 20-years-old. I am sorry he didn’t cost £55 million, so he can’t be good.”

Teammate David Marshall told the Daily Mail back in January that he was sure Bowen would get a big move and, while he said the time wouldn’t be right then, perhaps the departure of Nigel Adkins last month could change things.

Bowen’s numbers last season speak for themselves, and given his age and relatively low transfer fee compared to Zaha, the 22-year-old could be another Championship gem for Arsenal if the Gunners pursue the youngster.

Arsenal fans, would you be happy if your club made a move for Bowen? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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