Luring £45m-rated Premier League flop could be transfer masterstroke from Emery and Arsenal

Arsenal fans have gathered in the Transfer Tavern and are excited to see who new boss Unai Emery may bring to the club this summer. 

It seems Arsenal are moving quickly to sign some new faces to the Arsenal squad. Emery has already secured two signatures and is still on the hunt to bring in a few more. In somewhat surprising news, the latest name to be linked with a move to the club is Marseille’s Florian Thauvin.

The Breakdown

The former Newcastle forward has been linked with a move to Arsenal according to Italian publication StadioSport. The report states that Emery is a fan of the 25-year-old French international and wants to make him a central figure in the team following the departures of Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere – both of whom left on free transfers.

During his six-month spell at St James’ Park, Thauvin only managed 16 appearances where he scored a single goal and registered two assists in all competitions for the Magpies. The 25-year-old, who’s valued at £45 million by Transfermarkt, has enjoyed a career rejuvenation since he returned to Ligue 1.  Since his return, Thauvin has scored 39 goals in Ligue 1 for Marseille and has helped the club return to prominence.

Although Thauvin has had a career rebirth since his return to the French league, at the price quoted it would seem unlikely that Unai Emery would want to add him to the squad. Moreover, it seems that Arsenal are primarily concentrating on finalising a deal for Uruguay’s Lucas Torreira.

Still, if they can lure Thauvin to North London at a reasonable price, he could prove to be quite a wonderful addition. A thrillingly incisive forward, he’d go some way into converting the Gunners’ mighty possession stats into shots at goal.

So Arsenal fans – would you welcome Thauvin to the Emirates? 

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