It was only a matter of time before the impressive form Jesse Lingard has been on at West Ham started producing links left, right and centre. Arsenal are almost never left out of these speculative ‘reports‘, and so it’s no real surprise that they’ve popped up in relation to the 28-year-old forward.
Make no mistake, Lingard is a talented footballer. Natural ability has never been a problem for him, and it’s very likely that his attitude was the reason why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to put him far from his mind when it comes to shaping his squad on a matchday. This term, he only made three appearances for his parent club, two in the Carabao Cup and one in the FA Cup.
Born in Warrington, about halfway between Liverpool and Manchester, Lingard is a product of the academy at United. He’s been on their books his whole career so far, though he had loan spells with Leicester City, Birmingham City, Brighton and Hove Albion and Derby County before now. He joined West Ham at the end of January in a desperate bid to earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming Euros, and it has so far gone probably better than he would have expected himself. He has eight goals in nine Premier League matches for the Hammers and has been a crucial element of their bid to secure a place in next season’s Champions League, something few would have thought them capable last summer.
Lingard’s career may be back on track, but Arsenal already have a number of players vying for the attacking positions in the team and it doesn’t make much sense for Mikel Arteta and Edu to waste some of their precious transfer budget this summer on a player whose sparkling form is still likely to prove temporary.