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Opinion: Arsenal must act as Paris Saint-Germain star tempted by Premier League

Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani has revealed that a move to the Premier League is appealing to him, which in turn should alert Arsenal this summer.

The Uruguayan international has previously been linked with a move to the Emirates on numerous occasions, as reported by ESPN FC, although the Gunners aren’t the only side who have reportedly been interested.

Nevertheless, they will have been alerted by the 29-year-old’s comments to Fox Sports this week, as he suggested that a move to England is something that would interest him.

“Honestly, it would be wrong if I said no. It’s is one of the most beautiful and important leagues in the world.

“When as a player you have dreamed of playing at the highest level, it’s normal that it gets your attention to be linked as a target as a possible addition to important clubs in the world. But it doesn’t go further than the reality and today’s reality is that I’m a PSG player.

“I will respect it and I will continue to do so because it’s how I approach life. The reality is that I’m here. We will see in the future, but it’s true that the Premier League is very appealing.”

The former Napoli ace has been limited under Laurent Blanc this season, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s continued influence on the side as the main striker forcing Cavani out of his preferred position.

Having made 42 appearances so far this year, scoring 19 and producing four assists, it is significantly less than when he was the focal point of the Napoli attack during his three successful years in Naples.

While he provided a timely reminder of his importance in the round-of-16 Champions League clash with Chelsea earlier this month, PSG went on to win the Ligue 1 title a fortnight ago.

With an argument to suggest that the Parisians would be better off selling and reinvesting in the squad, Cavani’s hopes of one day playing in the Premier League could come sooner rather than later.

In turn, his characteristics suit Arsenal’s style of play as his pace, movement and ability to link-up play would mesh well with how the Gunners approach the game.

Furthermore, his capacity to run the channels to stretch defences and his prolific ability in front of goal would add a ruthlessness to the side that has been lacking, with Arsene Wenger needing a striker capable of scoring 20 goals or more per season on a consistent basis.

At 29, Cavani should be surpassing his achievements at Napoli and playing a fundamental role in a club’s success. While Arsenal have splashed out in recent years with the signings of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, adding Cavani would give them the firepower to take on all comers next season with or without Wenger at the helm.

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