Arsenal have been linked with many different wingers this summer, from Wilfried Zaha to Yannick Carrasco and many in-between. The club needs a refresh in the wide areas this summer, with Danny Welbeck leaving the club and Henrikh Mkhitaryan struggling for form. With the Zaha rumours being the most prevalent and gaining the most traction, I think that the club should revisit one of their initial reported targets as they look to strengthen this summer.
Scottish winger Ryan Fraser had previously been linked with Arsenal towards the end of last season and in the early weeks of this summer, with the fee being reported to be in the region of £25m. A snippet of the reported £100m that Crystal Palace are asking for the Ivory Coast forward. Fraser outperformed Zaha in the Premier League last season, registering seven goals and 14 assists compared to the Palace talisman’s ten goals and five assists in a season where the south London club finished higher than the Cherries.
The two wingers have different styles, which makes it interesting as to where both could potentially fit in at the Emirates Stadium. The Ivorian favours carrying the ball at his feet and dribbling past players whereas the Scottish international favours passing the ball and providing crosses into the box. The statistics reflect this, Zaha averages 3.4 dribbles per game and 78 successful take-ons in comparison to Fraser’s 0.5 dribbles per game and 17 successful take-ons. Ryan Fraser averages 2.5 key passes per game which surpass Zaha’s 1.6, and the Scot averages two crosses per game in comparison to the 0.3 of Zaha.
The rumours surrounding Fraser have recently flared up again with the player posting pictures of him in London. Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere weighed in on the potential transfer by saying the Scot has “an exceptional attitude” and that many at Arsenal would benefit from the signing. With the winger entering the final year of his contract, Bournemouth could look to sell him on this summer or risk potentially losing him for free at the end of next season. At £25m I think Fraser offers much better value than Zaha in terms of cost and performances, and the Cherries winger is almost two years younger.