According to reports from France, Arsenal are interested in signing Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder. The 25-year-old is not exactly the high-profile striker Arsenal fans were hoping for this summer.
The Gunners had been linked with the likes Gonzalo Higuain and Alexander Lacazette amongst other forwards this summer.
However, Higuain moved to Italian champions Juventus on Tuesday in a £75.3million deal, while reports persist that the Gunners are still interested in signing Lacazette, whose club Lyon are understandably unwilling to sell the striker.
Who is Wissam Ben Yedder?
That is a question many Arsenal fans will be asking after finding out about the Gunners interest in the striker. Ben Yedder is a French under-21 international striker who currently plies his trade for Toulouse.
The striker scored 17 times in Ligue One last season to help his club survive the drop from the French top-flight. He has been fairly prolific in recent seasons, scoring 15 or more goals in the last four seasons in all competitions.
Ben Yedder has previously been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, including Everton, West Ham and apparently Arsenal’s neighbours Tottenham. However, it seems that Europa League winners Sevilla could be the Gunners main competitors for Ben Yedder’s signature.
A typical Arsene Wenger move
Arsenal’s hunt for a striker has taken a very Arsene Wenger-like turn. Instead of pursuing a deal for a highly-rated but expensive striker, the veteran French boss has decided to go for the economy option, because that’s worked a treat in the past decade for the Frenchman, hasn’t it!
It is this sort of signing that has been part of the reason why the Gunners have not won the Premier League title. The old adage of you get what you pay for usually applies to Wenger’s signings.
When Arsenal have needed Harrods in the transfer market, Wenger has been shopping in the bargain basement.
More quality needed
I am sure Wissam Ben Yedder is a decent player and probably excels in Ligue One. He could even do a decent job in the Premier League. However, is he really good enough for a team looking to win the big trophies?
The answer is highly doubtful. Unfortunately, Ben Yedder seems like he be could a striker who could join Arsenal and then fall into the Olivier Giroud bracket, with people permanently questioning his quality.
Once again it looks like Arsenal fans will be disappointed in the transfer market. It will not be a surprise, though, as the Gunners have a recent history of disappointing their fans in the transfer market.
Would Wissam Ben Yedder be a good signing for Arsenal?