The Gunners are after a lot this summer. The defence has to be the priority after conceding 51 goals last season (12 more than Tottenham, who finished just one point ahead) but a lot of other areas are also in need of some TLC. One of those is in attacking midfield and on the wings, where the signing of Florian Thauvin would provide some much-needed creativity, seeing as Mesut Ozil provided just two assists last season.
There’s a lot to be said for Florian Thauvin (valued at £40.5m by Transfermarkt), and whilst some of it has been bad, a lot of it has also been very good. To start with, let’s have a look at the story linking the Gunners with a move for the Frenchman. The links have surfaced through French outlet Le Phoceen, and it’s good news for Arsenal supporters.
It looks unlikely that Thauvin will go to The Emirates, but if he was to swap Marseille for London then it would be a very good switch for all involved. Marseille would make a pretty penny on a player that has become frustrated with the Ligue 1 club, as we found out in a fiery interview back in April, via Goal. Thauvin would also find himself stepping up, and the Gunners would finally have a decent winger.
Everything about Thauvin indicates that he’s a top, top player. His time at Newcastle may not have gone as well as he’d have liked it to, but since that fateful move back in 2015 for £12m (BBC), he has certainly grown as a player. That would almost definitely be indicated in the transfer fee too, if he was to move now.
Not only has the price of football massively increased in the last four years, but Thauvin has massively improved. In the season before his Magpies switch he pitched in with 12 combined goals and assists, this time around he’s finished the 2018/19 season with a much more impressive 24 combined goals and assists, which certainly justifies why Arsenal should sign the impressive wingman.
A World Cup winner these days and a forward drawing comparison with Arjen Robben following his return to France, Thauvin does indeed look like a palpable goal threat, someone who could line up alongside the Gunners’ central strikers in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng and replace the goals lost by Aaron Ramsey’s departure. Indeed, no one outside of the strikes managed to hit double figures last season and, while the Welshman only bagged six efforts, there clearly is a need to share more goals throughout the team now he’s gone.
To that end, Thauvin would be a great signing.
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