Arsenal unveiled Mikel Arteta as their new manager earlier this month. The former central midfielder knows The Gunners must improve both their performances and their squad during the second half of the season.
Despite having an attack with established world-class players such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette, another piece would be useful. A right winger seems to be at the top of the manager’s wish list. Arteta wants an experienced player, not one of the many youngsters Arsenal have promoted from within over the past months.
With that in mind, the idea of signing Kevin Volland could be an interesting addition for the Emirates Stadium outfit. The Leverkusen winger has been linked with a London switch over the past few days. And if we look at this, we could see a fruitful partnership for both parties involved.
Why would this move work for both sides?
On Arsenal’s side, adding Volland could form a devastating foursome upfront with Lacazette on the N°10 hole, Pepe on the left and Aubameyang as a striker. Volland could also work as depth as a centre forward, although he feels far more comfortable playing on a wider stance. Plus, Arsenal could boost their attack given their recent form.
The Gunners currently sit in 11th place of the standings, and they have scored only 24 goals in 18 matches thus far. That’s tied for the highest figure among the bottom 12 sides of the table, but let’s face it – Arsenal do not belong there. If we compare them against the Top 8 sides, Arsenal’s attack would rank as the second worst. Adding a boost seems necessary.
From Volland’s view, moving to Arsenal would be a great step on his professional development. The 27-year-old is living his third season at Leverkusen, and it seems he is ready to move into another directions. Performance-wise, he already has five goals and seven assists in 17 Bundesliga appearances this season. He could easily feature in a more competitive environment, and the Premier League would grant him exactly that.
We have to wait and see whether Leverkusen agree to part ways with Volland. After all, they will compete in the UEFA Europa League during the second half of the season. But if Arsenal comes with a big offer, then the Bundesliga side shouldn’t refuse. Volland’s value is at an all-time high right now and, if Leverkusen want to cash on him, now it’s the perfect time to do it.
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