As is the case with any international tournament, players who previously weren’t on many people’s radar are now considered to be world beaters after just a few games. The World Cup, in particular, serves as a fantastic proving ground for players who otherwise wouldn’t have been given the chance to shine on such a big stage.
One such example is Frenchman Benjamin Pavard, who thrust himself into the limelight with an absolutely stupendous goal that helped France to draw level against Argentina in their Round of 16 game. Pavard struck the ball so cleanly, and with that one act, he made himself a very wanted man in the realms of European football.
The 22-year-old has been at Stuttgart for the last few years, but he could easily be tempted by a move overseas – and according to reports, North London could be his favoured destination one way or another. Tottenham Hotspur are supposedly willing to pay in excess of €50 million to land his signature, and you just know that Unai Emery would be up for a transfer war – especially against Arsenal’s bitter rivals.
Pavard would fit into Arsenal’s system nicely, and he’s the kind of youngster that they could really build their defence around. He’d be able to learn off of some of the more experienced guys that are coming through the door like Sokratis and Lichtsteiner, and hopefully, he can develop into the world beater that we all know he’s capable of being.
We’ve seen Arsenal pull the trigger on guys like this before, with Joel Campbell being a perfect example, so there is always an element of ‘calm down guys’ with these kinds of deals. With that being said it’s exciting to get hyped up over these possibilities, and the second that the World Cup comes to an end, these transfer rumours are going to get more and more interesting – and a little bit bizarre, too.
The real test will be how the Gunners react on the pitch because all of these big names will mean absolutely nothing if they can’t gel as a team. That’ll come down to how well Emery is able to conduct them as a unit, and in that sense, we’re excited for the WC to come to an end so that we can see it all transpire.
Should Arsenal try and sign Benjamin Pavard?