Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Manchester United target Moussa Dembélé, from Lyon. The Gunners are one of several teams that are keen on the 23-year-old striker, who has previously played for Fulham and Celtic.
Dembélé has been in great form this season in Ligue 1, scoring 6 goals in 9 games for his club, despite Lyon struggling for consistency this season. He has also scored thrice in five games in the French Cup this season.
The forward moved to the French side last season and scored 20 goals in 46 games in all competitions. The 23-year-old signed with Lyon for around €22 million, signing a five-year deal with the club.
Dembele would add more potency to the Arsenal attack
Dembélé is a great finisher who comes alive in the box and puts away chances with ease. The 23-year-old’s goalscoring record has been very good, wherever he has played.
The Frenchman is an out-and-out striker, who likes to play on the shoulder of the opposition defence, and exploits space whenever he has the opportunity.
Dembélé has pace to burn and can be a threat on the counter, while he is also a good header of the ball.
In Ligue 1 this season, the striker has averaged 2.1 shots per game, and 2.1 headers won per game. He could be a useful alternative to the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette and a long-term replacement for the former.
What Dembélé isn’t is a player who can link midfield with attack, or one that harries or presses at the opposition defence or contributes defensively. He plays nearest to the opposition’s goal and makes good movements in and around the penalty area.
At 23 years of age, Dembélé is young and has the potential to be even better, and in an attacking team like Arsenal, he could get more opportunities to score more goals.
Although he isn’t the type of player that Arsenal need right now as they need to strengthen their midfield and defence, he will make Arsenal’s attack even more potent.