Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser has moved level with Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen on 12 Premier League assists following a successful appeal.
The Scotland international, who is reportedly an Arsenal target after an impressive season on the south coast, had an assist against Brighton reinstated after it was initially chalked off.
Will Arsenal sign Ryan Fraser this summer? Five key things to know…
- Bournemouth signed Ryan Fraser from Aberdeen for just £400,000 in 2013.
- The Scottish international has developed quickly under Eddie Howe becoming a star player for the Cherries.
- Fraser has officially created the same number of goals as Eden Hazard after his assist against Brighton was reinstated following an appeal.
- Fraser is out of contract next summer (2020).
- Bournemouth have not scheduled any new contract talks with the player.
Fraser’s season has been remarkable for a Bournemouth side that has enjoyed an admirable campaign in the Premier League.
The Cherries are comfortably sat in mid-table and in Fraser, David Brooks and Callum Wilson they possess three superb talents who have all had stand-out campaigns.
The Scottish full-back come winger is, however, something else even compared to the best of his teammates. This season, Fraser has created a staggering 2.3 chances per game while notching 12 assists.
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He won his appeal to have an assist against Brighton reinstated meaning he is now joint-top of the Premier League assist charts along with Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen.
Most assists registered in the Premier League this season:
🇩🇰 Christian Eriksen (12)
🇧🇪 Eden Hazard (12)
🏴 Ryan Fraser (12)
Fraser rejoins top spot. 🎯 https://t.co/r13PRYPlIu
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It is no wonder Arsenal are reportedly tracking the player. The Gunners have seen Hector Bellerin ruled out with injury this season and Ryan Fraser would be a great addition to the Gunners right-flank.
With Sead Kolasinac bossing the left-side, Fraser would give the team the balance they have missed at times this season.
The Gunners have also linked with David Brooks. The creative midfielder has adapted to the top-flight with ease since signing from Sheffield United for £11.5m this summer.
The Welsh international has scored seven times in 28 Premier League appearances and he could well be another of the Bournemouth contingent to be targeted over the summer.
Brooks or Fraser: Which Cherry should Arsenal pick?
It is well known that Arsenal do not have a huge transfer kitty to spend this summer, so any players they do sign will have to be carefully thought through.
Both Brooks and Fraser would fit into the Arsenal system and style, but perhaps with one high-profile Welsh departure already set for the summer, the Gunners should look to bring in the next midfield star as a replacement.
Although Fraser would give Unai Emery the balance he needs, there is also an argument that the Gunners require a player with the quality of Brooks.
Fraser could be the easier target to sign given his contract is up next summer, whereas Brooks has another three years remaining on his current deal.