Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard for over a year now.
Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah will both enter the final year of their contract at the end of this month. There’s a good chance that both strikers will be sold this summer, and many viewed Edouard as the perfect replacement.
The 23-year-old Frenchman has been a huge hit at Celtic over the last three years. He has scored 83 goals and has provided 37 assists for the Hoops during his time there. That is a truly sensational return for someone of his age.
Even in a hugely difficult campaign for Celtic last season, Edouard managed to score 22 goals in all competitions. That convinced many Arsenal fans that he was the right man to replace Lacazette, but Edu and Mikel Arteta saw something that they didn’t like.
Arsenal decided against signing Odsonne Edouard for two reasons
The Athletic claim today that Arsenal watched Edouard in action on multiple occasions over the years and were really impressed with his talent. However, Edu and Arteta were really concerned about two big aspects of the Frenchman’s game.
The first concern was Edouard’s work rate. Arteta demands his attacking players to constantly press our opponents. Arsenal believed that the Frenchman was simply not good enough in that aspect of the game.
The second concern was Edouard’s fitness levels. The Gunners were not at all impressed and were worried that he would struggle to cope with the intensity of the Premier League. That convinced Edu and Arteta to end their interest.
Arsenal could regret snubbing Edouard
Edouard is still only 23 and is nowhere close to being teh finished article. Yes, there is a lot of room for improvement, but he’s still only 23, and a few months alongside someone like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would’ve surely helped him.
Arteta and Edu have decided against signing him and Edouard could come back to haunt us – as early as next season.
Leicester City are reportedly close to signing the Celtic man and Brendan Rodgers already knows how to get the best out of him. If he fares well at the King Power, questions will have to be asked of Edu, Arteta and rest of Arsenal’s recruitment team.