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Arsenal hot on the heels of Lyon star

Posted on February 17, 2018 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal have made Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir their number one transfer target for the summer. The newspaper claims that the Gunners are looking to conclude a deal worth £45million before this summer’s World Cup.

The French club understandably do not want to sell their star forward. However, it seems the right offer could well persuade OL to sell Fekir in the summer.

Long been linked with a move to Arsenal

Arsenal have reportedly been monitoring the 24-year-old Fekir for the last few seasons. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is renowned for keeping an eye on his compatriots, having enjoyed previous success with French players such as Thierry Henry, Emmanuel Petit, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires.

Fekir fits the typical Wenger target of relatively young and with scope for improvement. The Gunners may have moved away from that mould with the signings of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but Fekir would still appear to be an attractive signing, especially with a chance of receiving a sell on fee.

Interest in Fekir unsurprising

Arsenal’s interest in Fekir is unsurprising, as he is one of the most outstanding players in the French top-flight at moment. The 24-year-old seems to be maturing into a top player.

His stats for this season back up that up, as the attacking midfielder has scored 21 goals and produced six assists in 31 appearances in all competitions.

Fekir’s productivity has certainly increased this season and the France international is on course to record his best ever season in a Lyon shirt. He is definitely starting to fulfil some of his potential this season.

The attacking midfielder would be a good signing for most teams and surely would be a big success at the Emirates Stadium.

Don’t Arsenal need to strengthen in other areas?

Arsenal’s squad is by no means perfect. However, Arsene Wenger seems to have a liking for an attacking player. The Gunners need to address the centre of defence and midfield in the summer.

They can buy all the forward players in the world and still not win games because they are vulnerable in defence. Fekir would be a good signing, but other areas of the team need to be strengthened before the Gunners add to their attacking midfield options.

If Wenger prioritises signing Fekir ahead of strengthening in other positions, then the team from north London will continue to struggle.

Would Nabil Fekir be a good summer signing for Arsenal?

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