Posted on October 11th, 2017
This week, there has been rumours that French star Antoine Griezmann could be on his way to Arsenal in the summer. This is coming days after current Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette confirmed he and Griezmann are good friends and he will try to convince the Atletico Madrid man to sign for Arsenal this summer. What a massive coup that would be for Arsenal.
Griezmann is a player that Wenger obviously likes and has heaped praises on him in the past, which to me is an indication he will be open to having the former Real Sociedad player in his team. Also, he has always been linked with a move to Arsenal even before moving to Atletico Madrid. The fact that he has a £92 million release clause which can be activated next January means Arsenal have a real chance of signing him if they so wish. All they need to do is to convince the player to move to the Emirates and be ready to pay his release clause.
Although Manchester United were linked with the signing of the 26-year-old in the summer and could have in fact signed him in the summer if not for the court of arbitration for sport confirming Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban which meant the Spaniard would not have been able to sign a replacement. But they can sign players again in January and could be forced to let Griezmann could if 1. He wants to leave and 2. A club activates his release clause.
Arsenal as their financial book clearly shows have the money to sign someone like Griezmann and if the reported £90 million for Lemar in the summer is anything to go by, Griezmann is definitely within Arsenal’s reach. But who would Arsenal fans want between Lemar and Griezmann?
Both players have similar qualities and with Alexis Sanchez likely to leave at the end of his contract in the summer, signing either of Lemar or Griezmann will be a shrewd move for Arsenal.
Lemar is younger and like Griezmann is very versatile. Both players can in actual fact play in the same roles, behind the striker, as a false nine (an area Griezmann is specialist in), as a central attacking midfielder or as a deep lying midfielder. Where Griezmann however edges it for me is in the area of his experience and with the Arsenal’s odds for winning the Premier League currently at 33/1 according to betting bookmakers from casinoonline.co.nz, he might be able to provide the extra momentum the team needs.
The 26-year-old as played on the top stage for so many years while Lemar is just an upcoming star. Lemar is certainly a good player and could be available for cheaper than the £90 million Arsenal reportedly bid for him last summer, but if I was in Wenger’s shoes, I will certainly go for Griezmann and not Lemar.
What do Gooners think? Your opinions are welcome.