The Odsonne Edouard speculation has cranked up once again after the latest report from the Daily Mirror.
Earlier on this week, the Mirror reported that Arsenal were considering a move for Edouard depending on what’s happening with their current star striker, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
With the football season in lockdown, attention will turn to potential incomings and outgoings ahead of the summer. Edouard’s future, therefore, will be right up there when it comes to various rumours.
However, should Mikel Arteta’s side make a move and be given the chance to speak to Odsonne, he should think twice about whether it is indeed the best move for him.
Several years ago, a move from Parkhead to Arsenal would’ve been a massive leap. These days? Not as much as some think.
Arsenal currently sit ninth in the Premier League table. In fact, they haven’t finished any higher than fifth in any of the last four years.
Not the club they once were
The Gunners also aren’t the big-hitters they once were in Europe anymore either. They’ve only reached the Champions League once in the last four years. They may have reached the Europa League final last season, but they were mauled by Chelsea in a one-sided encounter. They also haven’t gotten beyond the Champions League last-16 stage in 10 years.
Edouard, meanwhile, has also in the past been linked with the likes of Chelsea (90min) and Manchester United (Daily Express). Both clubs have seen far more Champions League action than Arsenal have, and that’s ultimately where Edouard deserves to be playing his football.
You also have to look at who Edouard could be playing alongside. The starting XI at Arsenal holds players such as Nicolas Pepe, Granit Xhaka, and Dani Ceballos. They’re decent footballers, but they’re nowhere near the class of a Willian and Pedro. Or indeed a Bruno Fernandes.
Eddy has to go to a club that will allow him the chance to showcase his talents with the right quality of players around him. Given Arsenal’s results this season, it’s clear they just don’t dominate enough games. Therefore, if it’s the same next season, Edouard will have fewer opportunities to show what he’s all about.
It’s been 16 years since Arsenal last won the Premier League. Since then, they’ve won four FA Cups and some Community Shields. That’s been their whack. They’re hardly a club that breathes success these days.
If Edouard has the composure not to jump at the first offer either this summer or next, then it could be the case he’s playing with a much more successful side than the Gunners look like being.