Ryan Fraser has spoken out on the reported interest in him from Arsenal, admitting it’s very nice to be linked with such a ‘massive’ club.
Pretty reliable reports in the last few days have confirmed that Arsenal are ‘tracking’ Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser ahead of a possible summer move. The Gunners are apparently considering the 25-year-old as an alternative to making Denis Suarez’s loan deal permanent.
Fraser himself has already caught wind of the links, and he spoke to Sky Sports about Arsenal’s interest in him.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s very nice,” Fraser said. “It means you are doing something right. They are a huge club, a massive club. When you see your name thrown around you always think to yourself that you are a Bournemouth player and you try to do well.
“I’m not going to lie, you do feel good, especially when it’s a massive club.”
The winger insisted he’s not going to let the rumours affect his game though, explaining that trying to play for a move would only throw him off.
“If you think like that I’ll probably have one [a bad game] at the weekend, my passing will be miles off,” he continued. “I will just keep doing what I am doing, try to enjoy myself and try to win the game for my team. What will be, will be.”
As responses to transfer rumours go, that’s a pretty positive one. It’s standard practice for players to bat away these kinds of questions, but Fraser is making no secret of the fact he’s happy to hear his name linked with the Gunners.
It’s very possible the Scottish international was already thinking about leaving Bournemouth this summer, even before the latest stories emerged. He’s allowed his contract to run down such that he’ll be in his final year by July, despite the strong likelihood that there’s an extension offer on the table.
Fraser has seven goals and 11 assists for the campaign, with all but two of those goal contributions coming in the Premier League. Only two Arsenal players have scored more than that in 2018/19 and none of them have more assists. We’ll see how this story progresses in the coming weeks.