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Danny Mills: Ryan Fraser would not walk into Arsenal’s team

Where does Unai Emery need to strengthen his Arsenal squad this summer? After the north London club’s Europa League final showing, the answer is probably everywhere!

In this moment of time, though, attack seems to be the priority for the Spaniard as Arsenal continue to be linked with a move for Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser.

One former pro, however, does not think Gooners should be getting too excited about this potential signing.

“He has done well but I do find it a surprise that Arsenal want him,” Danny Mills told Football Insider. “It’s not like, ‘wow, look at this player, this guy is going to be ripping it up left, right and centre.

“I certainly haven’t seen that kind of quality from him. He’s been linked with a lot of clubs, but is that his agents whipping it up into a frenzy?,” the Sky Sports pundit added.

“Yes, he is a good player but I don’t think he’s top of too many big clubs’ shortlists. He’s a decent wide player, but wouldn’t say he would go straight into the Arsenal team. He’s a steady signing but he’s not a ‘wow’ signing.”

As Mills has alluded to, perhaps Fraser is not the sort of signing that will leave supporters of a big club jumping for joy. But even so, after the season he has just had, you cannot help but feel the 25-year-old would get into this Arsenal team and improve it.

He created 14 goals in the Premier League, a tally only Eden Hazard bettered. Imagine what Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette could do with that sort of supply.

In comparison, the likes of Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who Fraser could be competing with next term for a starting berth, did not even manage to register half the amount.

When you consider that, Arsenal look like they could definitely upgrade on the pair, and Fraser appears as if he would be just that. As well as providing more assists, the Bournemouth man also made more key passes per Premier League game in the last campaign (2.4) than Iwobi (1.1) and Mkhitaryan (1.2) (as per Whoscored).

Goalscoring has not exactly been a problem for Emery’s side but, when you look at the above, it could become much better by bringing in a more productive creator like Fraser.

Danny Mills: Ryan Fraser would not walk into Arsenal’s team
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