Thursday 2 June 2016

Arsenal to offer £19.2m to sign Spanish star – report

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are set to bid for Yannick Carrasco, Atletico Madrid winger with the club manager Diego Simeone set to listen to offers in the raging from £15m-£19m.

The 22-year-old Belgian international changed the court of match for the Atletico when he came off the bench in Saturday’s Champions League final, Carrasco capped exciting performance by scoring the equalizing goal for Atletico Madrid to cancel out the first-half strike goal by Sergio Ramos.

​​Despite the fact that the Atletico’s ended up losing the final on penalties to the Real, Carrasco’s exciting display clearly caught the eye of the Gunners manager, Arsene Wenger, who is looking to improve his Arsenal squad in the wake of another disappointing season.

The 22-year-old winger arrived at Atletico last summer from Monaco FC last summer in a £15million deal from the French club.

According to Emanuele Giulianelli, an Italian Football journalist, the North London club has made the first move by inquiring about the Belgian born availability.
With Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger desperate to avoid another season without a trophy, the Gunners’ are expected to invest in their squad this summer and with the exciting displays shown by Carrasco, he could be a perfect match for the North Londoners.

Wenger's midfield will be washed-out by the exoduses of Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky. Moreover, while the arrival of £30m Granit Xhaka will go some way to filling the gap, Carrasco's direct attacking style could be add as an extra dimension to Arsenal.

The Los Rojiblancos’ are even said to have already lined up a replacement. As reports from Emanuele Giulianelli has it that the Spanish club reportedly want to sign Antonio Candreva, who is said to be unsettled at Lazio.

He also stated via his twitter handle that the Los Rojiblancos is already lining up Lazio's Antonio Candreva as a potential replacement for Carrasco.
22-year-old Carrasco terrorized Arsenal's defence in the 2014-15 Champions League quarterfinal match against his former club Monaco; he scored in the 3-1 defeat of the English club at the Emirates stadium.

Carrasco has since then caught the attention of Wenger who attempt to sign him last summer before he moved to Spain.

The Gunners boss could land the winger for £19.2m this summer following the report that Atleticos' are "ready to listen.”


  1. With the performances and continual injury issues of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott many fans in Arsenal circles are of the thinking that Arsenal need a right winger, such fans have become exasperated. Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain deserve to be backed for another year, rather than replaced. Neither are they the weakness of this team, and with a little luck with injuries and development in some key areas of their games, they can actually become strengths within this side.

    The North Londoners should not be ready to give up on players like Chamberlain, Walcott and Campbell instead, should also be creating an opportunity for players like Serge Gnabry and Alex Iwobi to fulfill the great potential that they have.

    Bringing in foreign, project-esque players like Carrasco is not aiding the players and the squad as a whole. #COYG

  2. I agree that further opportunities should be given to Campbell and the Ox. However Walcott is now 27yrs old. Time is running out for him to show what he can do. An in form Theo is a blessing to any team in World football. But the "I cant be bothered to run and fight" Walcott can go in the morning as far as I'm concerned. At 22yrs the Ox has room for improvement. He needs to work on his core fitness, perhaps lose some of that muscle bulk he has, this may allow him to put less strain on his joints thus avoiding all those injuries.
    Campbell is a fantastic player and if he can be persuaded to bide his time, we will have a great player on our hands. He is one of the best passers we have at the club.