Shaka Hislop has backed an Arsenal move for Yannick Carrasco in January, as long as the Gunners can afford the 25-year-old’s wage demands.

Speaking to ESPN FC, Hislop described the potential move as a ‘hit’. Carrasco currently plays in the Chinese Super League, having joined Dalian Yifang from Atletico Madrid earlier this year. However, he is reportedly already unsettled in China, and keen on a return to Europe. Arsenal are one of the clubs following his situation.

“Carrasco, who I think is an incredible talent, kind of surprised me by moving out to China,” Hislop said. “That didn’t add up for me, other than just purely in dollar signs.

“Now, if Arsenal can give him the kind of wages he’s looking for, in terms of the football I think Unai Emery and Carrasco are a good combination. I continue to believe that Carrasco is an incredible talent. That would be a good get for Arsenal.”

Carrasco has made 20 appearances for his current club since his March debut (in an 8-0 defeat). He has five goals and eight assists, and has been particularly influential in his club’s recent run of six wins in eight games. Seven of his goal contributions came in those matches.

Nonetheless, Dalian Yifang sit 10th in the league, out of 16 teams. Despite Carrasco’s personal good form, there really isn’t much for him to be excited about. Perhaps that really will push him over the edge to try and force a move back to Europe.

If so, the wide man with impressive dribbling skills and through balls in his locker would be a decent target for Arsenal.