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Watford’s £10.8m-rated star could strengthen Arsenal’s transfer interest today

The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern have become completely disillusioned by their side’s Premier League form in recent weeks, and as such they have begun to identify a handful of potential transfer targets for their club next summer. 

Arsenal Football Club have fallen into a state of disarray in recent weeks following a number of morale-destroying results in the top-flight, and the supporters propping up our bar are desperately hoping that they can begin rebuilding their confidence with a victory over Watford today. The Hornets arrive at The Emirates Stadium in 9th place and with their Premier League status all but secured this season. With that being said, it’s likely that Javi Gracia’s side will play with no pressure this afternoon.

Watford’s season has been rather mixed so far, as their early season form under Marco Silva suggested they could compete for a place in the top-six, but following a succession of poor results the highly-rated manager was eventually sacked. Since his dismissal, the club have slowly rebuilt under Gracia’s leadership, and plenty of individuals within his squad have demonstrated a level of quality that suggests a summer transfer bid could be the horizon.

One player who will potentially be commanding interest from Arsenal and other Premier League clubs is Watford’s top-goalscorer, namely Abdoulaye Doucoure (valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt). Doucoure remains the clubs top goalscorer with 7 strikes this season from 28 appearances, but his goal-scoring ability merely represents one of an abundance of qualities the 25-year-old midfielder has in his locker.

According to L’Equipe (via Metro), Doucoure declared that is a “pleasure” to be linked with clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool towards the end of February – a statement which suggests he is open to the possibility of a summer transfer. With that to consider, Arsenal supporters should keep a very close eye on the Frenchman when their side face Watford this afternoon.

Doucoure represents something of a unique player in the modern game as he possesses both the technical skill and the physical ability to perform a box to box midfield role. He was in a creative mood in Watford’s most recent fixture against a top-six side when he provided 2 assists against Chelsea at Vicarage Road, and if he injects a similar level of quality onto proceedings today then he will certainly strengthen his case for making a summer transfer to The Gunners.

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