It’s shaping up to be an important summer for Arsenal, with Unai Emery needing improvements and numbers in most areas of the pitch.
Aside from a new starting centre-back, new wingers are likely to be at the top of the Gunners shopping list when the transfer window opens this summer, and after the failed attempts to bring in Ivan Perisic and Yannick Carrasco last January Arsenal could turn to unfamiliar names, and a new one has already been brought up.
According to BILD via the Sun, the Gunners are competing with Everton for the signing of Fortuna Dusseldorf winger Benito Raman, who has been one of the leading players for the newly promoted side.
With nine goals and three assists already this season and a reported transfer fee of just £14 million, Raman could be a good pickup this summer for the Gunners without breaking the bank, but what are the potential consequences of Arsenal signing the Belgian attacker?
Healthy competition at left-wing
With Alex Iwobi and Sead Kolasinac the only players in the Arsenal team who can play naturally at left-wing, the signing of Raman would increase the competition of who takes the starting position in the first-team.
Competition can be unnecessary in some areas of the pitch, but at left-wing, it is needed if players are to develop and grow into better footballers, and the signing of Raman would not only benefit him personally but it would also force Iwobi to step up his game in order stay ahead of the Belgian in the pecking order.
Goals threat from flanks
Arsenal are a team that relies heavily on creating goals from the wings, but when it comes to wingers actually scoring, the tally is fairly low.
Iwobi and Mkhitaryan have only managed 11 goals between them all season in all competitions, whilst adding Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Danny Welbeck’s strikes only bring it up to 18 in total.
Emery needs goals out on the wing, and with Raman, he can expect them with the winger having a keen eye for goal this season in the Bundesliga.
Arsenal fans, would you take Raman as a summer signing? Let us know!
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