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Ryan Fraser boosted by “massive” Arsenal links

By Ben Green

Published: 20:57, 4 April 2019

Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser has spoken in awe-stricken terms regarding “massive” rumours of a summer move to Arsenal.

The Scotland international has been instrumental at Dean Court this season, playing a key role as the Cherries look to secure a top half Premier League finish.

Could Arsenal sign Fraser? Five key things to know…

  1. Fraser has caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs having impressed for Bournemouth this season.
  2. The Times are reporting that Arsenal could make a move at the end of the season.
  3. Fraser will have one-year remaining on his contract this summer.
  4. Arsenal are in need of wingers with Alex Iwobi the club’s only out-and-out wide man.
  5. Fraser has created more big chances for his teammates this season than any player in the Premier League (21).

Such has been the diminutive winger’s prowess from the byline that Arsenal have been linked with a summer move.

The Gunners will be in need of reinforcements when Aaron Ramsey departs for Juventus and Unai Emery unlikely to pay Barcelona the £18m fee required to trigger their permanent option to buy Denis Suarez.

But Fraser, although flattered by the speculation, has stressed his immediate commitment to Bournemouth.

“I’m not going to lie, it’s very nice. It means you are are doing something right,” he told Sky Sports News.

“They are a huge club, a massive club. When you see your name thrown around you always think to yourself that you are a Bournemouth player and you try to do well.

“I’m not going to lie, you do feel good, especially when it’s a massive club.”

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Where would Fraser fit in at Arsenal?

With just one-year remaining on his present deal come the summer, Bournemouth may be tempted to cash in while they have the chance.

Should a move to Arsenal come to fruition then Emery will have his hands on a very talented winger, in a traditional sense.

At present, the Gunners only have Iwobi as an out-and-out winger option, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan too inconsistent and Danny Welbeck extremely injury-prone.

The club will welcome Reiss Nelson back from his loan move with Hoffenheim, but in a player of Fraser’s mould, Emery would have a ready-made, experienced, winger ready to slot straight into his starting XI.

As things stand, only five players have won more fouls in the Premier League than Fraser (56), who has also created the fourth-most chances (71), boasts the fifth-highest key passes per 90 minutes (2.4), and registered the third-most successful crosses and corners combined (55).

Arsenal need a player with a refined end product and in Fraser, they would have that – evident in his six Premier League goals and 10 assists.

Should they pick Fraser up on for a reduced fee, as per his current contract predicament, then the club will have pulled off a significant coup.