The Fekir problem

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The Fekir problem

Posted on June 08, 2018 by Harry Kettle

It’s starting to look like Liverpool are on the verge of signing Nabil Fekir, and when we say it’s starting to look like, we mean that it’s pretty much done. The 24-year-old Frenchman has been in the headlines ever since the summer transfer window officially opened, and it’s no secret that there were a handful of teams who were interested in acquiring his services.

The guy was always going to be a hot commodity given how fast his rise up through the ranks has been, but few could’ve anticipated that he’d be sold for figures over £50 million. Still, it’s going to be a great move for the development of his young career, and many fans will be excited to see him in action in the Premier League.

One man who may not be quite as enthused, however, is Unai Emery. The new Arsenal boss was also reportedly interested in signing Fekir, which shouldn’t surprise anyone, given that the Reds and the Gunners seem to often go after the same players.

While he wasn’t able to land his signature some fans are arguing that it’d be a risky move either way and unfortunately, that makes it feel like Arsenal supporters are regressing back to their bitter roots – and we can only hope the same doesn’t go for Emery. After all, we’ve spent years seeing several high profile names being linked to the Emirates, only for the rug to be swept out from underneath us.

Sure, Emery is showing some great signs of progress, but what if things start to snowball and the biggest signing they make from this point on is Marouane Fellaini? That’s a serious possibility that shouldn’t be ruled out because as we get closer to the World Cup, it’ll be harder and harder for Emery to secure the names that he wants to given that most of the big boys in Europe are now starting to enter the market.

There’s a good chance that we’re panicking for no reason with this one, but it’s Arsenal that we’re talking about here. They’ve never done things the easy way, and it feels like we’ll be sweating it out right up until the final whistle blows on deadline day in a few months time.

Is missing out on Fekir a big loss for Arsenal?

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