Arsenal are prepared to make a player-plus-cash offer to Norwich City to sign Emiliano Buendia this month, according to The Independent.
The Argentine has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks. Arsenal have lacked creativity from the wide areas in most games this season, and that has cost us dearly.
Nicolas Pepe has been extremely inconsistent while Willian looks nothing like the player he once was. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is struggling as well which has made things very hard for Mikel Arteta.
A creative player is on top of Edu’s wish list this month and it looks like he has hatched a plan to convince Norwich City to let go of their £40 million-rated South American star in the next few weeks.
The report claims that Arsenal will offer cash plus one of Joe Willock or Reiss Nelson to sign Buendia. The two Hale End academy graduates are viewed by many as the future of the club, but this report has come in as a shock.
Nelson, described as ‘a special player‘ by Arteta, has missed the last month due to injury. Willock, on the other hand, has been fit, but he is well down the pecking order – even with Thomas Partey out injured.
Are Arsenal right to offer Nelson or Willock?
2020 was arguably the year of Arsenal’s youngsters. Bukayo Saka was the star of the show, but the likes of Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe, Nelson and Willock made a name for themselves as well.
Arsenal’s staff have high hopes for all five of those players, but if they were to be ranked, Willock and Nelson will take the last two places. That is probably why Arsenal are prepared to offer them to a club to bring in an upgrade, but fans will not be pleased with the deal.
Buendia is clearly a better winger than Nelson and he creates more chances per game than most of our attackers, if not all of them. He would certainly be a fine signing, but if Arsenal can secure his signature without letting go of one of our own, everyone will be happy.