Emirates Stadium boss targets Premier League goal-scoring midfielder.
Arsenal plan bid for ‘new Frank Lampard’
Arsenal are reportedly planning a summer move for in-form Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is on loan at the Liberty Stadium from Hoffenheim.
The 22-year-old was named Premier League player of the month for March and has been a revelation for the Swans; scoring six goals in 11 games since his January move to South Wales.
This potent form is likely to lead Swansea to explore the possibility of securing a permanent deal for Sigurdsson, although they are likely to face extreme competition for his signature.
Arsenal are the latest club to have shown an interest in the Iceland international, and Arsene Wenger is plotting an attempt to bring him to the Emirates Stadium in time for next season.
The Arsenal manager has even asked for the lowdown on Sigurdsson from Reading boss Brian McDermott, who sold the youngster to Hoffenheim almost two years ago.
“I spoke to Arsene about him and you could not tell me he could not play for Arsenal,” said McDermott, according to The Sun.
Sigurdsson has certainly impressed since his return to England, and has even drawn comparisons to Chelsea star Frank Lampard from Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers.
“He is in the Frank Lampard mould, he gets into the six-yard box, is willing to get his shot off with his left or right foot and can score with his head like he did at Fulham,” Rodgers told the Evening Standard.
Arsenal may well feel they need a goal-scoring presence in their midfield, having lost the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last summer, and whilst the comparison between Gylfi Sigurdsson and Chelsea star Frank Lampard may be a tad unrealistic there is no doubt that the Icelandic international has been a huge success since his loan move to the Liberty Stadium from Hoffenheim.
The former Reading man has notched up a very healthy six goals and three assists in 10 Premier League starts and no doubt Brendan Rodgers would be keen to snap up the 22 year old but interest from Arsenal may well trump a move to Swansea City this summer.
Arsenal currently rely heavily on Robin Van Persie for goals and as well as his striking team-mates not hitting the back of the net very regularly the Dutchman does not also enjoy much in the way of goals from the midfield so Wenger may well feel a player like Sigurdsson, who has a great deal of potential, could be a very wise addition, especially now that he has proven himself in the Premier League.
Sigurdsson had a good first season at Hoffenheim, winning the club’s player of the year award, but was sent out to Swansea City in January.