Arsenal target exciting hidden gem alternative to Raphinha

Arsenal find Raphinha alternative

It looks like Arsenal have finally moved on from the Raphinha saga, as they have launched a formal offer for Lille’s Edon Zhegrova.

That’s according to the Kosovan journalist Arlind Sadiku, who also stated that the Kosovo international impressed the Gunners last season.

The winger was snapped up by the French side from Swiss outfit FC Basel in January for €7 million. If Arsenal push hard for his signature, it’s clear that he won’t be an expensive commodity.

Zhegrova featured 27 times for KRC Genk before making a switch to Basel, where he had an impressive 28 goal contributions from 73 appearances.

His displays eventually earned him a move to France with Lille six months ago, where he has three goal contributions from 13 appearances.

After the failed pursuit of Leeds United’s Raphinha, it was clear that manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu saw the right-wing position as a priority, as they headed into the summer window.

If they were willing to offer more €50 million on a winger, who plays in the same position Bukayo Saka operates, then it is clear that the Gunners are determined to strengthen that side of the pitch and would explore alternatives to the Brazilian.

Now, it seems like they have found a hidden gem, which they can land for the third of the price that Raphinha was being quoted at. Also, at 23 years, he maybe has more ceiling than the Brazilian.

It can turn out to be a very good piece of business by the North London outfit.

From the first glances, Zhegrova is looking like an exciting winger. Speed and dribbling skills are his clear forte. If you look at his dribbling videos, sometimes you’ll feel that he’s floating or dancing on the pitch.

Maybe, next season the Emirates Stadium will be his stage.

Yash Bisht

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11 Comments

  1. Zhegrova is promising but there is a brilliant young winger from English giants Arsenal. Reiss Nelson enjoyed a huge season on loan at Feyenoord. Barcelona PSG Bayern Juve and Man City have offered 70m for him but Arsenal value the kidd at 100mill. We need to break the bank and buy this kid and storm the league this season.

  2. Looks like a bright prospect indeed to which I think we should explore… £7m in Jan, then what £14m or so now? Let see what we get for Nelson & Pepe, the kid is 19 so plenty of time to grow like Marquinhos.

    2 for the future in Marquinhos and possibly Zhegrova, Add Lokonga to that category also.

    We still need a starting winger though to come in for Pepe who can fill both wings. Cody Gakpo would be a player I’d look at, he may take abit of time to settle and gives Saka a chance to rest when needed, plus is young enough to fit the quota of what we are looking for with age and growth.

    Need to shift Lucas, Hector, Mari, Nelson, Pepe & Leno. Jesus comes in for Laca, Vieria take Lucas’ but with the creativity, Turner for Leno & the return of Saliba is a massive bonus.

    If we could end the window with the arrivals of Teilimans, Martinez and Gakpo for the now plus a little gem in Zhegrova with the pkayer loaned back for a season, I for one would be very excited heading into this season and seasons to come.

    1. Read that so wrong thought he was 19, he’s 23 so for the now I guess. Take the burden off Saka I guess, Gakpo still.

  3. dont you just love these stupid Youtube vids. Chamack was the next football god according to them. Then of course there was the unforgettable Sanogo

  4. Arsenal board should go for Sergej Milinkovic Savic(SMS) and forget Youri Tielemans,no disrespect to him but he will not adapt to the pattern of football arsenal plays,he is an individualistic player and wouldn’t fit into arsenal team football well.Add Serge Gnabry to the right hand side of the attack and i tell you we are good to go

  5. Edon Zhegrova is looking good, he does actually moves like Hazard… Might just be the hidden gem we need.
    Not a bad alternative to raphina but would nice if the gunners consider others like Takefusa Kubo and Samuel Chukwueze.

  6. Get this gem…mark my words,the world will be talking about a new Messi in arsenal.

  7. Never heard of him! But I can see the thinking behind this, cheaper winger alternative, which could be linked to the Midfielder we are trying to sign Milinkovic Savic who could be our preferred target but will cost circa £60M, so maybe signing Zhegrova leaves enough money spare to acquire him.

  8. The kid looks good raising stock value, we get him then loan him out, to me he doesnt look like he’s got the stamina to combat the EPL muscles,
    EPL doesn’t allow skills,
    I hope we get Milinkovic Savic (CM) and Zaha(2nd CF)

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