Ryan Fraser says links to ‘massive’ Arsenal are ‘nice’

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Over the last few days Ryan Fraser has emerged as a summer transfer candidate for Arsenal.

The 25 year is having a fine season with Bournemouth, and his future is in some doubt as his contract expires in 2020, and with just a year left then the Cherries face making a difficult decision this summer.

Can they hang onto a player and hope they can convince him to sign, or do they sell and ensure they receive a transfer fee which they can reinvest? For a club like that, the latter option is the only sensible one – and Arsenal have shown the folly of the first course of action as we’re going to lose Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey for free this summer.

The Scottish international was asked about the links to the Gunners and admitted he was flattered.

“I’m not going to lie, it’s very nice. It means you are are doing something right,” he said.

“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.”

Only Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen have more Premier League assists this season, and he’s added 6 goals along the way too. Whether he’s quite got the quality to step up remains to be seen, but it does seem he’s a potential candidate for our summer transfer business.

His former club, Aberdeen, would be due a big sell-on fee if the move did go through.

We’re not sure about this, so we’re hedging our bets with 6 on the Poo-O-Meter.

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clins
clins

He’s coming home, he’s coming home….

Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

As a Scottish Gooner, I would love this to happen.

He has had a good season and I would say he is a slight upgrade to Iwobi.

Gooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa
Gooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa

I guess that’s subjective but if you’re looking purely at goals and assists then he’s definitely more productive than iwobi.

I like Fraser, he reminds me a bit of Alexis Sanchez in the sense that he’s always giving 100%, presses well in attack and often gets back to help the defense. Considering we’re so short on wingers, I’d be happy if we could get him for under £30m.

Excuse my ignorance but would he fall under the category of homegrown or did he at least come up the youth ranks at an English club?

Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

I’m pretty sure any British player is homegrown. Like Aaron Ramsey, for example

Id he is out of contract next year, then hopefully we can get him for a lot less than 30M

I actually don’t think Iwobi is as terrible as some do. He has his moments, but he seems to choose the wrong option far too many times.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Ramsey counts because he played for a team in the English league system for 3 years before the age of 21. It’s got nothing to do with where they’re from – Bellerin counts as home-grown, as does Martinez and as did Szczesny (which is another reason why I couldn’t understand the decision to keep Ospina and let him go)

John C
John C

I would say a massive upgrade

kaius
kaius

I don’t think he’d be a ‘massive’ upgrade on Iwobi. Iwobi is a homegrown player who’s been at the club since he was 6. His passing stats are already exceptional for a player in his age group, and at 22 he’s still developing his game. Where was Fraser at 22? Playing for Ipswich.

Fraser might be having a *better season*. But he is not a *better player*. His teammate Joshua King is probably the best player at Bournemouth.

A massive Iwobi upgrade is someone like Nabil Fekir. Until we get someone of his talent in, maybe we could appreciate one of our own in Alex Iwobi, a guy who is Arsenal through and through.

John C
John C

Sorry but he’s terrible and a passing rate of 76.4% isn’t exceptional regardless of age, Martial’s rate is 80.3% and Leroy Sane is 84.9%, and they both score and assist at a far greater rate.

Having 4 premier league assist whilst playing alongside Lacazette and Aubameyang marks him down as rank average and it’s quite clear by the transfer leaks that a replacement is a matter of priority.

THEEEEO
THEEEEO

Not a particularly glamorous link but a decent player in a relatively poor team and at an age where he could step up, not dissimilar to Robertson at Liverpool.

Here’s hoping

theLowCrows
theLowCrows

Robertson definitely the LB of the season. Nobody else comes to mind. Maybe Digne, but again no one else in the top 6 teams.

SussexGoon
SussexGoon

Why not. Decent player with Premier League experience. Aren’t these the sort of players that won us the league in the late 80’s and early 90’s? Dixon, Smith, Winterburn, Richardson etc …

Adam
Adam

Yeap its just that the league has changed since then quite significantly. Not sure if the same magic formula would be still fit for use today.

Pavan
Pavan

Liverpool has mane, van dijk, loven, robertson, wijnaldum, kalpana, shakiri and they are not doing so bad…

Pavan
Pavan

Lovren, Lallana, Shaqiri….damn autocorrect

locksley444
locksley444

From Lallana to Kalpana 😂

gunnerpete
gunnerpete

I’m sure Kalpana is just a summer target from Southampton…(aka Liverpool, jr)

Adam
Adam

Yeap, and all of them are typical English players in the mould of Dixon and Winturburn?;)

Ilari
Ilari

Kalpana is having a poor season, don’t even remember seeing him on the pitch.

A Different George
A Different George

Disappears in all the big games. Never tracks back.

TeeCee
TeeCee

The league may have changed, but he’s playing now, not then. At the end of the day he’s racked up those stats playing against the same teams we have to.

Reality check
Reality check

He’s homegrown talent something we’ll need to address this summer after Dat guy and rambo leave. Can’t see anyone stepping up from the reserves and hit the ground running..

Gooner49
Gooner49

The third highest assists in the league for a team in 12th is nothing to be sniffed at and I’ve always thought he’s looked dangerous against us. Am a big fan of iwobi personally but ultimately he’s only got 5 prem assists this season and starts for us most weeks.

Also with only one year left on his contract, we could get him for relatively cheap so wouldn’t be a big risk.

I don’t really buy the lack of star quality point either. When are players supposed to make the step up if no one gives them the chance when they’ve been performing well for a lower half prem team, and at 25 hes at a perfect age to reach new heights with us.

Goontang
Goontang

Fraser is a fantastic player. I know its not a Glamorous name that most people would want us to be linked with, but he is a proper out and out winger who runs his socks off and provides goals and assists. If he can put goals on a plate for Calum Wilson and Josh King, I would assume he would have a lot of fun with Auba and Lacazette.

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

Can we get Brooks from them aswell while we are at it. I think he looks the business

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

Homegrown quota strikes again 😉

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

He doesn’t count as home-grown. The rule refers to players having played for an English team for 3 years before the age of 21. Fraser would have been in Scotland at that point.

If anyone disputes that, see the PL squad lists (https://www.premierleague.com/news/844127). He is not listed as home-grown.

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

Oh I would have thought home nations would count as home grown

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

No, it’s an FA thing, so they’re trying to make sure English players come through – they couldn’t care less about the other home nations’ national teams (not that they should).

I thought it was a bit odd when Blogs mentioned it and had to check to make sure I wasn’t going mad.

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

Thx for clarifying.
I thought he was qualified for HG quota too!

Penguin
Penguin

I think the thing people overlook a lot with links like this is the Home Grown Factor. We’re losing Ramsey and probably Welbeck too this summer – two home grown players in the squad. Players that count as HG usually have a big premium on them, so if we can snap up one for relatively cheap, we’re doing good business.

Also, other Prem teams are much better at recruiting players like this – players at mid table clubs that could potentially make the step up. Look at Van Dijk, Wanyama, Harry Maguire, Robertson…there’s an advantage to getting someone Premier League proven sometimes. Aside from VVD these were all signed for decent value too.

AND we get the resale value – if Maguire goes to United for £50m or whatever then Leicester will have £33m profit on just a couple seasons of him. Smart business – the kind we need to be doing more of if we really want to make having no investment from our owner actually work.

John C
John C

I honestly don’t know how a big club didn’t go for Maguire when he left Hull? I remember watching our away game at Hull that season and thinking he was the best player on the pitch, probably a case of not being glamorous enough. Big clubs fan’s and PR departments don’t get too excited with signing a big old lumox like Maguire from a team like Hull, he does have a bit of an agricultural look about it.

A Different George
A Different George

I thought he was England’s best player last summer.

andrey arse shaving
andrey arse shaving

After Welbeck of course

joe
joe

“We’re losing Ramsey and probably Welbeck too”

blogs portrayed welbeck’s departure as a certainty, but i have not yet seen either him or arsenal say that is the case. given the homegrown player crunch and that he has played well for us it seems absurd to let him go unless he’s refusing to sign a new deal.

Lucas Sam
Lucas Sam

Well it might be case of wait and see for Welbeck, I think that for the same wages he goes for, we could do better.

Mpls
Mpls

But can we do better AND homegrown is the question on offer.

facts
facts

One year left on his contract could be good business for Arsenal. I’m all for it if his transfer fee doesn’t exceed £30 million

Lettra
Lettra

Ha ha 30m£ -From what I’ve read that’s our whole transfer kitty for next season.

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

Possibly a naive question,
Can’t we offer him a big salary bump and ask him to see his contract out so there’s no transfer fee?

Matt
Matt

It’s grubby but it happens for sure. Juve (et al) have been pissing in Ramsey’s ear for quite some time i’d imagine.

Double98
Double98

You can’t negotiate with a player without his clubs approval, unless it’s the final 6 months of his contract.
Otherwise it’s tapping up and can lead to fines and or transfer bans.

Plus what if Fraser did that and then tore his cruciate … he would be stupid to take that risk.

andrey arse shaving
andrey arse shaving

think the final 6 months thing doesn’t apply to domestic PL transfers

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

U mean to wait until 2022?

Gunner142
Gunner142

Will be a decent buy around 15-20m. Hopefully coming to us he can step up his gane like Mane.
His team mate Brooks is also a good prospect but costly. But we need a left footed winger for bringing variation in squad. Personally I would love to have Leandro Trossad of Genks. Under Emery I think he can turn out to be an exciting prospect.

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

How much are we looking at here? 25-30 million for a British lad even with the contract winding down?

Con
Con

Nah.

Richie

Save the money and re-sign Welbeck instead.

Brandon
Brandon

He is better then Welbeck, he would be a good signing.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Slightly off topic but spuds have spent 1 billion on a stadium that only has 1802 greater capacity than our stadium that cost £390 million – so they spent just shy of £339,000 per extra seat 🤣

Stephen
Stephen

Picked up Ramsey from a smaller team. Don’t know why people care that it’s Bournemouth.

iGooner
iGooner

I for one would welcome his addition. The Cherries are known for the attacking style of play under Essie Howe (at some point they’re considered the poor man’s Arsenal) so this guy could fit right in at Arsenal

Sue

He’s been brilliant for Bournemouth… I’d be happy if we got him

Rich
Rich

Arseblog this morning now putting out project fear…..
Why on Earth would we put immigration restrictions on workers that would certainly break the into the 45% tax barrier within a fortnight? And some within the first week?
Into an industry that’s creates billions in revenue, and is 1 of our most famous exports?

Blogs you want to get your head of of the Guardian and independent, left wing+remain propaganda rags.

It’s absurd to suggest we’d put harmful immigration restrictions in places for any industry where people were earning £150,000 p/a, let alone £150,000 p/w….

Absolutely ridiculous project fear nonsense….

Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

Maybe you should get your head out of the Daily Mail?

Gooner222
Gooner222

I’d be surpirsed if this what we go for, but Fraser is one hell of a player, capable of competing against the top six teams too! I’d love to see how he fits into this team with the delivery he’d get from Xhaka and co I think he’d improve massively!

Goonereality
Goonereality

Depends how much he costs – money (or the relative lack of it) is the driver for Arsenal’s transfer policy, although things will improve somewhat if we get CL qualification. Given he’s into the closing stage of his contract, there may be business to be done but the fee is likely to be reasonably high to compensate for the sell-on clause with Aberdeen. We’ll see.

gunnerpete
gunnerpete

FWIW, here are the teams he’s scored/assisted against. Noticeably absent are any current top 7 opponents.

Goals (6) – Cardiff, Huddersfield (2), Watford, Leicester (2)
Assists (10) – WHU, Leicester, Fulham (2), Watford (2), Newcastle, Huddersfield (2), Brighton

kaius
kaius

Nice work gunnerpete.

Good player, but my feeling is that Joshua King has been their best player and is the one we should be looking at. 11 goals and 3 assists incl. goals against us, Chelsea (2+1 assist in that 4-0 thrashing), Everton, West Ham, as well as an international goal for his country against Spain.

gunnerpete
gunnerpete

thanks…and I don’t mean to infer he can’t be a “nice player” for Arsenal, but I think the context is interesting. Of course, I wouldn’t have expected him to be tearing it up against top teams (it is a team sport, after all) but the zero here raised an eyebrow.

BigToks
BigToks

why not? he is a decent player and can only get better from here.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Sounds like a smart signing if it happened, already doing very well against the same teams we’re going to be facing next season. Not too dissimilar to Kante, VVD, Robertson and Mane in that regard. He doesn’t need to make a “step up” as such because he’s already performing at the level we need.

theLowCrows
theLowCrows

He fits Emery’s style of the high press and he is not averse to tracking back. Solid work rate too and has age on his side. Plus we need a winger anyway and I don’t know many current Arsenal players with a low center of gravity. He’ll bring in something interesting and if he isn’t a success, at least we can be fairly certain that he’ll work hard. I say, go for it.

theLowCrows
theLowCrows

Also the fact that he is a left-winger with a right foot has a lot of potential for Robert Pires comparisons. And this is quite amazing as well – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOCFLmYKosU

Santori
Santori

Links to Arsenal always because we generally buy well (THANKS mainly to Wenger)

So every next agent trying to move their chattle will link players to us and the Sunday press will run it as legit.

Unfortunately plenty of over gullible fans out there.

Santori
Santori

Everton just pinched Marcel Brands off of PSV. Some good wide players there Lozano and Neres to name a few.

Over at Lille, ex Monaco man Campos (hablo Espanol) who was responsible for the likes of Mbappe etc being courted by Chelski. Again Nicolas Pepe a real find there.

kaius
kaius

No, Luis Campos was not ‘responsible’ for Mbappe. Mbappe wasn’t randomly spotted – his dad was coach of a local league club in the Paris suburbs, the kid was well-known in France as he developed in his teens, and when it came time to sign his first pro contract, they had their pick of Ligue 1 clubs, and also Chelsea who were on the case early.

Mbappe and his father chose to go to Monaco because they have an excellent rep for developing young forwards going back to Henry and Trezeguet. Whoever the Director of Football was had nothing to do with it.

kaius
kaius

Sorry Santori, you may be right if you meant Campos alerted Chelsea to young Mbappe. Bit confusing, because it also reads like you’re saying Campos is currently being courted by Chelsea for the DoF role.

Caligunner
Caligunner

No way!!!! Santori creating his own narrative to fit his argument???

Santori
Santori

https://sports.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-meet-monaco-transfer-guru-signed-mbappe-bernardo-bakayoko-build-footballs-exciting-team-111214429.html

Good interview with Luis Campos.

I would get him.

He was responsible for building the Monaco title winning team (ironically that denied PSG and Unai first season there). Emery will know him very well.

He’s now doing great things at Lille who are second in league with modest budget.

Interesting to note two things :

1) He mentions that beyond statistics you need to look and notice. Too many people these days tend to obsess with numbers (Particularly Americans)

2) Says Premier League tends to be wowed by strikers and tend to build them on medium quality defenses.

Probably the right man for us even if he was under tutelage of the dark lord himself Moarinho at Rmadrid.

If we can get him ahead of Chelski before they can get their grubby hands on him it will be a coup.

For sure they can pay more (Lille chairman currently says no go to them) but at Chelsea he won’t have as much independent say to the matter with the owner likely interfering.

Hablo Espanol maybe a plus as well. I think he likes to build things organically (which will be us) and he knows Emery doesn’t do things on a whim.

If we can get him, I would kick Raul to the old Gazidis post. Frankly Venkatashem (and whoever the other chap is) isn’t front man material and Raul largely cut his teeth as a marketing man at Barca.

There are (way) better people than Mslintat out there who are available.

Goonereality
Goonereality

On your point about Mislintat, it was pretty daft to let him leave (presumably he was on a contract) when he did with, apparently, no agreement in place with any successor – even if they couldn’t arrive until the Summer. Whoever eventually gets it (Campos, or a.n.other) will be at least second choice after Monchi, and possibly third if, as reported, we contacted Overmars just before he signed a new Ajax contract. Even if he’s better than either of those, it looks amateurish.

kaius
kaius

Here we go again. Overmars or Campos would not be successors to Mislintat. Why do people keep conflating totally different roles?

And Mislintat left of his own accord. He wasn’t fired or pushed out. He was appointed Head of Recruitment, and there was nothing preventing him from remaining in that position and working with whoever is appointed Technical Director or DoF. Just because you do not get the promotion you want, it doesn’t follow that you immediately quit.

MIislintat has now left both Dortmund and Arsenal in very disruptive ways – so yeah we can do our usual thing and blame Arsenal for everything, or we can accept that Mislintat is a quirky guy. It’s him that looks amateurish, not Arsenal.

Have you considered that the reason Arsenal can’t appoint someone like Campos as DoF before the summer is, like players, they are under contract? There’s nothing ‘amateurish’ about waiting for the right guy to become available. And clubs don’t need Directors of Football to sign players for god’s sake.

Just can’t understand people acting like us having no Technical Director, a position that no-one has ever held and has never existed at Arsenal, is suddenly the most critical time-sensitive thing.

Gana
Gana

I think Blogs called Fraser ‘the guy with no neck’ in his match report, when he scored late against us.
Now he’s sticking his neck out for him.

He may not take games by the scruff of the neck, but he will be breathing down the defender’s neck at breakneck speed.

Sue

He took that Liverpool game (4-3) by the scruff of the neck when he came on – won the penalty, assisted & scored!

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Good squad player for > £20 mil I suppose. Might scupper Nelson, Smith Rowe… I’d sooner buy a player who genuinely could be a worldie. Perhaps a few years younger than this pretty solid footballer.

Neil
Neil

I’m not going to lie, this link to player is worth 6 poos

Jessferfun
Jessferfun

he is fun to watch. but he does always look like he’s straining to make a pooh. which is absolutely fine. if he is scoring.