Is Ivan Perisic the answer to Arsenal’s winger problem?

So far it looks like Arsenal have tried to sign James Rodriguez and Denis Suarez so far without any success, and it would appear that they are now looking in any nook and cranny to sign a much-needed winger before the window slams shut. We have already reported that the Barca outcast Malcom could be a possibility, and now, according to the Arsenal oracle David Ornstein, we have turned our attention to the Croatian international Ivan Persic. Ornstein reported on the official BBC website…..

Arsenal have made an approach to sign Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.

The Gunners want to seal a loan move for the 29-year-old for the rest of the season, with an option to buy him in the summer for £35m.

Croatia international Perisic signed a new five-year contract in September 2017 to extend his stay with the Italian club until 2022.

However, it is understood he is open to leaving the San Siro after joining from Wolfsburg in 2015.

Perisic has scored 34 goals in 142 appearances for Inter, finding the net three times in 25 games this term. He previously played for Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge.

Arsenal’s original plan for the January transfer window was to secure loan deals for a versatile midfielder and a winger.

For the midfield role, they remain keen on Barcelona’s Denis Suarez and Christopher Nkunku of Paris St-German.

They see Perisic as a leading option to add width to Unai Emery’s squad.

The report goes on to say that Arsenal are wanting a loan deal with an option to buy, with Inter asking for around £35m-£40m to make the deal permanent. That may seem a good deal, but the Croatian will be turning 30 next week and his form has dipped recently, which is why Inter are willing to cash in. I think it’s a big risk considering his age and the fact that he has never played in the Premier League.

What do you think?

Updated: January 27, 2019 — 2:16 am

18 Comments

  1. Who cares we are not signing him.inter want a permanent deal we can only offer a loan

    1. We might offer ozil, stight swap inter like him hmm than being malcom in aswell

      1. They must learn from Sanchez-Mkhitaryan swap

        If Perisic’s performance is inconsistent, they would have another aging player with high salary

  2. No. He is a tall winger, but he did not produce a lot of successful dribbles in World Cup and his goal tally is low at Inter

    Arsenal had better gamble on younger wingers, but maybe Emery wants a smart winger that doesn’t always rely on his speed and able to do pass well too

  3. Ivan Perisic has a great potential to became top player at the age 29. Enough said?
    He had his great moments but he can often vanish from the game. Despite all I have writen I fancy him a lot, and we lack of wingers so bring him on.
    I think with his experience and style of play he can adopt to PL fast.

  4. No, no and no!!

    This stinks of desperation. Although we are desperate but don’t we have Myhki as our underachieving option🤣.

    Malcom and Nkunku seems like good options but we need defensive reinforcements desperately. Especially a holding midfielder that has some positional sense and can plug the gaps that our fall backs constantly leave ffs.

    1. Did you just suggest holding midfielder with the availability of Torreira, Xhaka, Guendozi and Niles?

      I think we need a good creator that will ensure balls reaches the strikers as much as possible and be a goal threat on his own. That’s what we lack in the team at the moment.

      1. We have that, but Ozil is in a strange situation right now.

  5. In a word no.

  6. Its like your house is burning down and you are worrying whether you have left the tap on.
    Arsenal’s defence when fully fit are a major liability but having poor defenders is better than having no defenders.
    We are losing them at an alarming rate and here we are talking about wingers.
    Leave that until the summer – let us concentrate on getting some reinforcements defensively.

  7. Want a laughingstock we have become, disgrace of a great club

  8. Ironically, it’s actually fans like you that turned our club into a laughing stock. Don’t believe me? Just ask literally any fan of literally any other club in England and ask them who has the worst fanbase in the entire country.

    1. The problem is the manager’s attitude towards his own players, the way he handled Ramsey’s contract and the most hated player Ozil! Arsenal fans watch out what Jose did to Man u, he must be supportive to his players so that he gets the best out of players

      1. Ramsey’s contract negotiations were well underway 18 months before Emery even arrived at thc Emirates and Ozil’s upgraded contract was well and truly signed.

  9. NO NO NO

  10. Perisic is a good player, he helps his fullback and he’s good going forward. Croat national so you know he’s ok with his feet, he plays wide in Italy so I assume his crossing stats are pretty decent. Goals and assists, he doesn’t seem to be a huge threat in this department, but we have a couple of strikers who could do with some better delivery, in and out swingers in front of the GK, or to back post, we’ve stopped doing them for a while now ever since Bellerin went off.

    Kolasinac is too easy to read at the moment, he rarely picks someone out over distance. He keeps going for the one two or just a straight run in behind, then, cut the ball back. If any of us were defenders watching him, every one of us would stop him easily ..because we know his intentions before he intends it, and we know he’s not gonna shoot if he does make it to the near post.

    I read Parlour today telling how managers are targeting Kolasinac, I agree with him, Solksjaer devised some stuff esp for Kolasinac wing. He needs to shape up quickly because when he is absent like that, we are too easily cut right open. I’m not sure if he is the kinda player that will model himself on someone and ask allot of questions, he needs to be better at the defensive stuff than he is at forward stuff, what does that say about his positioning. I must admit, I was a fan, and believed he would eventually make the grade, but I have big doubts now. I hope he picks himself up and really tackles this problem, because with the injuries we’re gaining, we cannot afford to have anyone back there floundering, we just can’t afford it. Huge weak link in the last game, but excellent v Che, could the real Kol – isnac please stand up.

    Oh yeah, Perisic, at that price, no. I’d rather we go for younger players in the forward areas, not too young, but definitely 25 or under. If we could loan him with buy option, then just choose not to buy unless he blitzes the league, that would be the way to go.

  11. Arsenal still want to add ageing players on top of the Veterans who are their chewing their pension, what kind of strategy is that? I there’s no short cut this time to try and reach the top again as theyve been sliding steadily without arresting the situation.I had suggest them taking BVB module,sacrifice some two seasons and concentrate on young emerging talents and grow again that works as they have a stingy owner who’s not willing to compete.otherwise they mayt take three decades like liverpool to reach the top again

    1. Warm denis, I agree; Peresic 5 years ago yes, at 29 no. Malcom yes.



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