Despite having a very limited transfer budget this summer, Arsenal are reportedly targeting British players who will be unlikely to provide value for money.
We all know there is an English premium when players are being bought and sold – unless they’re Arsenal’s English – so to read The S*n claim that the club are going to target British players makes me scratch my head somewhat.
Ryan Fraser, a Scot, has been heavily linked and has even admitted Arsenal’s interest has been a distraction. He has one year left on his contract and, coming from Bournemouth, shouldn’t cost too much. His status as top assist provider in the league this season (14) however, should add a few pennies to his price tag. While Arsenal are losing a number of ‘homegrown players’ Fraser does not even count as ‘homegrown’ as he came from the far off lands of Aberdeen.
Wilfried Zaha is another that the club are supposed to be very interested in having tried to sign him before he moved to Manchester United where he largely failed to impress. Since leaving Old Trafford in 2015, however, the 26-year-old has scored 30 and assisted 31 in 141 games for Palace.
Carl Jenkinson, the last man standing from Arsenal’s much-heralded, but generally underwhelming British core, should leave on a free this summer.