The catalogue of players linked to Arsenal assumes different pages on a daily basis. The page this time is on Antoine Griezmann. In which report have revealed that the Real Sociedad winger has rejected a contract extension with the Basque side in Spain. Following his performance with France at the World Cup in Brazil in which he featured in all of France five matches as they got to the quarter finals, he has being interesting several clubs. Based on his performance he been linked to Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.
And with the reports that he has turned down a new contract, with just two years left on his current deal, it remains to be seen what the Basque side would do.
Antoine Griezmann who scored 16 goals and had three assist last season from wing play last season has being consistently churning out strong performances from the wings in Spain. The French winger who came through the ranks at Real Sociedad after joining them in 2005 is rated at £25 million.
With the signing of Alexis Sanchez who is expected to feature prominently on the wings for Arsenal, if as expected Arsene Wenger goes ahead to bring in another striker, it is improbable that the club will consider signing Antoine Griezmann even if he becomes available. He is predominantly a left winger. And with Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Oxlade Chamberlain who can all feature from the left, it looks unlikely Arsenal will move for the French winger in a position it already has four players in.
The 23 year old winger would no doubt have been a good addition to Arsenal’s squad with his pace, trickery and directness. Something the club has missed from the left wing since the days of Robert Pires. Although, with Arsene Wenger preference to use a direct winger in one of the planks in his formation, and a play maker cue winger in the other plank it in doubt he will move for another orthodox winger.
With several positions in the squad in need for re-enforcement especially the need for a striker, an holding midfielder, a defender and a goalkeeper, the club will not be looking to bring in another winger in the French man after the signing of Alexis Sanchez.
In the end, while his rejection of a new contract is good news for Arsenal, it will remain just that good news that will not lead to a concrete transfer activity unless the reports that Lukas Podolski could leave the club are true.
Should Podolski be sold, we will be in need of another attacker and with Griezmann’s versatility, he could well be what we need to replace Podolski though I will personally perfer a Podolski/Marco Reus swap deal if Dortmund are truly keen on him.