After enduring a bitterly disappointing couple of weeks between the end of February and the beginning of March, the Arsenal supporters have been feeling increasingly positive in the Transfer Tavern of late.
Calls for Arsene Wenger to depart the club were a staple feature of discussion amongst our resident Gunners faithful just a few weeks ago, but a handful of positive results later and those conversations have temporarily been placed on hold once again. Arsenal’s humbling in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City followed by another comprehensive 3-0 defeat just 4 days later had put the club into something of a crisis at the beginning of March.
However, since those results Arsenal have almost managed to secure their place in the semi-final of the Europa League and embarked on a run of three straight victories in the Premier League. The situation has certainly improved, but the supporters remain far from pleased with their position in the top-flight.
Although Wenger brought Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Konstantinos Mavropanos to the Emirates Stadium in January, there is no doubt that they need to invest once again this summer to keep pace with their top-four rivals. And according to The Daily Mirror the club are set to do exactly that, as they are interested in signing Watford’s Richarlison (valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt) in a deal worth £40 million.
Following an incredibly eye-catching opening to life in English football, Richarlison’s form for the Hornets has dipped significantly in recent months. However, it appears that his slump has not deterred interest from a handful of top clubs, as the Gunners also face competition from Chelsea for his signature according to the report.
Richarlison’s arrival would certainly shift the dynamic of Arsenal’s attack and provide Wenger with a unique option in the final-third, and his presence in the squad could also force Alex Iwobi to leave the club in search of first-team football. Wenger has placed plenty of faith in Iwobi during the season so far by starting him in the vast majority of fixtures, but so far he has failed to repay his manager’s faith with quality performances.
And with competition for places in attacking midfield positions beginning to intensify at Arsenal, there is no doubt that Richarlison’s arrival would force Iwobi to adopt nothing more than a back-up role at the club. In all honesty, the standard of Iwobi’s performances this season serve to prove why Arsenal are in the position they currently find themselves in, so regardless of whether they manage to land Richarlison or not, Wenger should attempt to offload him in the summer either permanently or on a year-long loan deal.
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