Arsenal warmed up for their Premier League return next week in the worst possible style, losing 3-2 to Brentford in a friendly at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
The Championship side secured the victory thanks to goals by Tarique Fosu, Halil Dervisoglu and Shandon Baptiste. Joe Willock and Alexandre Lacazette netting for the Gunners.
Arranging a friendly with the Bees might have been a clever ploy by Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard got the chance to have a closer look at Said Benrahma, the Algerian who looks set to become a wanted man.
Benrahma signed for the Bees in 2018 costing a paltry £1.5 million from Ligue 1 outfit Nice (BBC Sport).
After displaying a dazzling style of play during his two years at Griffin Park, it is thought that his value has rocketed to £35.5 million (The Sun).
Arsenal might not have an absolute fortune to spend this summer, but Benrahma would represent a smart recruit.
The 24-year-old has come of age during 2019/20. He has netted 10 goals and registered eight assists, with Brentford fourth in the Championship.
Arsenal have wasted some serious cash on mediocre players in recent years and that culture has to become a thing of the past.
Nicolas Pepe had looked to be vastly improved prior to the halt in proceedings. With that in mind, it seems as though Arteta will persist with him for next season.
Arsenal aren’t blessed with lots of wide options though. Pepe usually operates on one side, with either Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette occupying the position on the right.
Reiss Nelson has come into the fray since Arteta arrived but another option for the left-hand side would be ideal.
Benrahma is quick, hardworking, extremely skilful and looks destined for a bright future at the top level.
It would seem likely that Arteta will place his faith in young talent as he looks to revive the Gunners.
Benrahma isn’t only young but he also has plenty of experience at a decent level of football, making him an attractive proposition.
Signing him for £35 million would come with an element of risk but with Chelsea also interested, Arsenal would be wise to join the race for his signature.
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