Arsenal are contemplating a £25 million move for Olympique Lyon star and Kieran Tierney’s former teammate Moussa Dembele. (Telegraph)
The Gunners are expected to sell both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette this summer. That will force us to dive into the transfer market to sign a new number nine, and if the report is to be believed, Dembele is on Mikel Arteta’s wish list.
The Frenchman is no stranger to British football. He spent four years in London at Fulham and two more at Celtic, where he made a real name for himself playing in the same team as current Arsenal star Tierney.
Dembele played 94 games for Celtic and was directly involved in 69 goals. That is a stunning return and Tierney, who watched him closely for 24 months, was a massive fan of him.
He said in April 2018, as per Glasgow Evening Times: “He is brilliant, Moussa. I remember one game where I fired a ball up to him and he took it on the chest and made a terrible ball from me look so simple.
“It actually finished up making me look good. Having somebody like that in your team is brilliant.”
Should Arsenal reunite Kieran Tierney and Moussa Dembele?
If Lacazette and Nketiah do end up leaving, Arsenal will have to sign a new striker. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli and Folarin Balogun are all fairly similar in style, which means that Arteta will have to bring in someone who offers something different.
Dembele is certainly a different type of striker compared to the above-mentioned trio. He is, in ways, very similar to Lacazette, which would make him an ideal replacement for Arsenal’s current number nine.
Arteta will have to think long and hard about Dembele before making a move. A quick chat with Tierney could convince him, especially if the Scotsman’s opinion of his former teammate hasn’t changed since that interview.