Arsenal getting closer to landing top British target

You always know when a particular rumour has some credibility to it and the speculation linking us with Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser appears to be one such rumour.

There is so much gossip that it is never easy to know what to believe or what to dismiss, however, for me, when a player speaks on the record or a club’s representative or someone close, to the player then I will certainly give much more credence to that particular rumour and that is what is happening with Ryan Fraser.

For starters, the player himself, when asked about being linked with Arsenal, said: “I’m not going to lie, it’s very nice.

“It means you are are doing something right.

“They are a huge club, a massive club.”

Then you add in the fact that he is on the verge of entering the final year of his contract, that he has already rejected an extension, and now you have the media claiming that the Cherries are ready to cash in on the 25-year-old this summer rather than lose him for free next year.

Bournemouth will demand a big fee but to some extent, their hands are tied, they cannot play hardball too much or they will be unable to cash in on the Scotland international, they will have to be reasonable with their valuation.

There is also the possibility that Fraser himself may decide to see out the final year of his contract so that he can demand a huge signing on bonus.

However, if we put in a reasonably sized offer I find it hard to believe that the forward would turn down the opportunity of signing with us in the summer, just too many inherent risks in waiting a year, his form could drop off, he could get injured etc.

The bottom line for me is this, I actually do see this one happening.


  1. GB says:

    A very good player but i still think we have got good young prospects in the club we should be using.
    I think it’s safe to say we can forget about St Totteringhams day again for another year. spurs will surely win all their home games while we struggle away.

  2. gotanidea says:

    I hope they don’t rush, because there would be cheaper wingers in the summer:

    – Chukwueze – Would be available at low price tag if Villareal get relegated

    – Malcom – Would most likely be available for sale or loan next season, because he cannot start ahead Dembele and Coutinho

    – Sessegnon – Same as Chukwueze, but Fulham will definitely be relegated

    – Traore – Wolves have been using him only as a sub. They might want to cash him out or the boy might want to move

    1. Durand says:

      Just curious, what do you see in Traore? Is there something that every significant club seem to overlook? He’s strong and fast, but I haven’t seen anything else, he seems to have either stalled in development or maxed out.

      We need proven winger that can have instant impact, not another 20 something trying to figure things out.

      Rather let Nelson or Saka develop than buy someone to develop.

      1. gotanidea says:

        I saw him when watching Enrique’s Barcelona regularly. The boy has got massive potential

        He is ahighly skillful, quick and strong, but he wasn’t given regular chance to start at Barcelona and the coaches in England can’t maximize the use of his abilities

        Since he is a Spaniard, Emery might be able to communicate with him and increase his performance as what Emery did to Iwobi

        1. Durand says:

          Thanks for the explanation on the player. I don’t know much about him that’s why I asked. I’ve only seen him in EPL. He has the build for the league, but his decision making is very poor and has shown little to no consistency in England.

          Prefer to see someone else pay for his development, unless we can get him very cheap and loan out

        2. Gizzle says:

          Traore’s decision making makes Iwobi look like Figo .
          he has pace , strength but not a brain .
          while Chukwueze maybe better he has a similar problem and he will be cheap if Villarreal are relegated .
          I like Frasers creativity and work rate though .
          Fraser ,Brooks ,Maddison ,Gibbs White are payers i wish we had .

    2. Sevenomore says:

      Buying cheap players is what keeps our team to struggle and poor results, we need to buy players who are outsanding, natural tarented ones despite how much we can cash out

      1. Sue says:

        Not all cheap players are crap (ask Leicester) plus how much did we pay for Holding, Mavropanos??? How much did Liverpool pay for Robertson???

  3. jon fox says:

    I don’t believe a single word of this silly rumour. He is nowhere near the class we badly need.

    1. Phil says:

      I agree JF.And not are most of the names being banded around at the moment.We badly need players who are not only a cut above what we have at the moment but are going to dramatically improve what we have.
      I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen of Fraser at Bournemouth.But that is his level.Our bar should be a lot higher than some pint sized sweaty sock who fits very nicely into what Eddie Howe is doing.He is NOT good enough to get a place in our side this season so next season you would want any new player to to be someone we all can’t eait to see at the Club.The best Fraser will offer us is a better player on the bench instead of Iwobi.But to be fair my dear old mum would give us that

  4. Phil says:

    Sorry-have I missed something?Emery has increased Iwobi’s performances has he?From what to where exactly?Still runs down the same blind alleys he has always done.Still couldn’t hit the proverbial Barn Door with a banjo.Still no end product.
    Don’t give me all this rubbish about workrate.Dont start this insistence that he will be better when used as a No 10 which is his natural position.
    Iwobi is and always be a second rate wannabe who will NEVER be good enough.
    Did Klopp bust our door open last year demanding Iwobi and/or Ox?Are any Premiere League Clubs likely to be after him this coming transfer window?
    Don’t think so PAL.
    Sort of says it all

  5. Durand says:

    Iwobi needs a loan spell away from Arsenal spotlight and pressure. Maybe a newly promoted team with playing time to offer. Either he’ll come good or prove to be a sub and mid-level talent.

    No time or space to wait on him if we have ambition to be among the best. Sorry to my Nigerian friends, but time is running out on him with ESR, Nelson, and Saka waiting in the wings for valuable time on the pitch.

    Have to face facts and the hard truth.

    1. Phil says:

      It’s ok Durand.My previous two posts will ensure you get off with your comment.My friends from Nigeria will be on this trust me.

  6. Grandad says:

    Agree JF. As an Aberdonian who supports Aberdeen and Arsenal I know all about Ryan Fraser who is a very industrious , nippy wide player who can play on either flank.He is quick over ten yards and is a very decent finisher.However he is not a winger with the skills of his team mate Brookes who can unlock tight defences and with respect he is not an upgrade on some of our promising young wingers.Fraser is a good player but not good enough for Arsenal.

  7. Invincible across the belly I prove you lost already says:

    No thanks


  8. Petit says:

    So we are now in the dreaded sixth position. No thanks to last week blunder by Unai.
    The Watford game is now a do or die affair for us.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Thanks for your negativity again, Petit. I didn’t see your name on the list of applicants for the job when Emery got it.

  9. Why not go for neres of Ajax,his work rate is superb

  10. Seven says:

    Arsenal need good players no matter how much we can spend on them, these cheap players we have been purchasing is what causing misery in our games

  11. Aubamezzette says:

    Fraser will be good for squad depth n rotation… see him like a Shaqiri.
    But my first choice winger to start is Zaha.

    That guy will be lit at Arsenal.

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