As the summer drew to a close, Arsenal became the latest club to be linked with Atletico Madrid’s star striker Antoine Griezmann. The Sun were among the papers reporting that the French striker was being chased by Arsene Wenger after another strong club season and a great showing at Euro 2016. The French connection between Wenger and Griezmann has meant that a move to Arsenal for the former Real Sociedad man has long been suggested.
In the end, Griezmann remained at Atletico, who have started well in La Liga and Champions League once again. They beat Bayern Munich 1-0 last night, and their number 7 played exceptionally well. Griezmann was haring around the pitch all night, linking with Fernando Torres and never ceasing in his closing down and challenging of Bayern’s centre-backs.
It was impossible to watch the urgency and bravery of Griezmann’s play without thinking of how perfect a striker he would be Arsenal. The addition of Griezmann – who has all the technical ability necessary to play in an Arsene Wenger team, as well as a huge will-to-win and determination that his attacking players sometimes lack – would take Arsenal from a team that could potentially win the Premier League to a side that goes regularly beyond the Champions League semi finals.