With all the focus falling on Tanguy Ndombele after Tuesday evening’s Champions League encounter between Lyon and Manchester City, Unai Emery should take the transfer initiative.
Indeed, he should be creative and make it clear to Arsenal that Nabil Fekir would be a better fit for the team than Ndombele.
The Lyon midfielders were superb against City that saw them keep Pep Guardiola’s men to a 2-2 draw with the 21-year-old Ndombele receiving a lot of praise from the City boss.
Ndombele appears to already be on the radar of Arsenal and the Citizens as both clubs look to strengthen their midfield’s defensive options.
But Fekir, who has also been linked with another possible move to the Premier League, would be of higher value to the Gunners and could be a very good long-term investment for the club.
Mesut Ozil’s omission from the first-team in Sunday’s win at Bournemouth has raised a few question marks over his future at the North London club and if he is part of Emery’s plans going forward.
Fekir has proven his capabilities as an attacking midfielder, but he’s just a bit more direct and clinical than Ozil, which is the type that Emery might fancy.
The French international made a huge impact in Lyon’s opening round Champions League match when they surprised City at the Etihad in a 2-1 win with Fekir assisting the first goal and scoring the second one himself.
With Aaron Ramsey also set to leave the Emirates at the end of the season, the 25-year-old could be viewed as a replacement for the Welshman as they both like to play high up the pitch.
One important task lying ahead for Emery is to make notable signings in next summer’s transfer window and the addition of someone like Fekir would be quite a statement and warning sign to Arsenal’s rivals.
His experience will also be crucial for Emery in his second season where the expectations of the club will rise to take the club back to a competitive position.
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