David Ornstein has revealed what he has heard about Arsenal and Mikel Arteta’s reported interest in Inter Milan’s Christian Eriksen, on his weekly show on YouTube.
It is no secret now that Arsenal are on the lookout for a new number 10. Mesut Ozil is being pushed out of the door, while Emile Smith Rowe – as amazing as he is – should not be relied upon every game.
We have been linked with a whole host of creative midfielders over the past two months. Houssem Aouar is the dream signing but it looks like we have missed that chance now.
Dominik Szoboszlai preferred RB Leipzig instead, while a move for Julian Brandt mid-season is not as easy as people think it is.
There is one player for whom a deal is pretty straightforward – Christian Eriksen. Inter Milan are desperate to sell him and he wants to leave as well. If Arsenal really are keen, a move is possible, but Ornstein claims that Arteta does not want him.
He said: “Christian Eriksen is a player many club have been linked with. I’ve been consistently told Arsenal do not want to sign him. It’s not the age profile they are looking for.”
Should Arteta change his mind about Eriksen?
On first thought, rejecting a player like Eriksen when he wants to come is baffling. However, Arsenal opting against signing him shows that we have learnt from our previous mistakes.
We have plenty of players above the age of 28 on ridiculous wages. Eriksen, if he comes in, will fall into the same category, and we simply cannot afford that – especially if his performances turn out to be like Willian’s.
If Arteta cannot land his priority targets this month, he should look to sign Eriksen on loan until the end of the season. If that isn’t an option, we’d be better off relying on Smith Rowe for the next six months.