Arsenal plot move for 23-year-old La Liga star

By Mark Peters IN General,La Liga,Premier League,Transfers - 19:45 Jun 17th 2017

Many Arsenal fans have become frustrated at their team’s inability to challenge for the Premier League title in recent seasons, but maybe the lack of Champions League football will help them in 2017/18?

Manchester United proved last summer that you don’t have to be dining at the top table of European football in order to attract world-class players, so there is hope that the Gunners can make significant additions to their squad.

According to reports in calciomercato (article in Italian), Yannick Ferreira Carrasco is an individual who is very much on the radar of the North London club.

YANNICK FERREIRA CARRASCO

Comfortable operating on either wing or through the middle, the pacy attacker has spent the previous two seasons working under staunch disciplinarian Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid.

Although his debut La Liga campaign didn’t exactly set pulses racing, the 23-year-old improved markedly last term, weighing in with ten top-flight goals:

Yannick Carrasco
POS: MIDAGE: 23Y 9M
HEIGHT: 5FT 11INWEIGHT: 10ST 7LB
LL | A. Madrid | 15/1616/17 | A. Madrid | LL
GOALS
ASSISTS
GAMES
GAMES
ASSISTS
GOALS
1
AUG
2
2
SEP
4
2
4
OCT
4
2
5
3
NOV
3
1
4
DEC
3
1
5
JAN
3
1
2
FEB
4
1
2
1
2
MAR
4
1
4
APR
5
2
2
MAY
3
4
1
29
TOTAL
35
4
10

Extremely direct and at his best when running with the ball, the Belgian international has also become a much harder worker during his time in Spanish football.

Antoine Griezmann is very much the star attraction at Atletico Madrid, but Ferreira Carrasco’s top-flight numbers in 2016/17 certainly bear comparison with those of the Frenchman, particularly when you consider that he spent most of his time playing out wide:

Yannick
Carrasco
versusAntoine
Griezmann
MIDPOSITIONFWD
23Y 9MAGE26Y 2M
5FT 11INHEIGHT5FT 9IN
10ST 7LBWEIGHT11ST 7LB
 
LL | ATM | | ATM | LL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
27
STARTS
36
2359
MINS
PLAYED
3067
10
GOALS
16
4
ASSISTS
8
3
OPENING
GOALS
6
2
WINNING
GOALS
8
8
HOME
GOALS
7
2
AWAY
GOALS
9
1
HEADED
GOALS
3
L
1
R
8
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
9
R
2
236
MINS
PER GOAL
192
2
TOTAL
9

Arsenal seem to be on the lookout for a mobile attacker, with Juventus’ Juan Cuadrado also thought to be a target, and they could do a lot worse than investing in this talented young man.

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