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Arsenal Transfer News: Antoine Griezmann a Key Target for Arsene Wenger

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - OCTOBER 27:  Antoine Griezmann of Real Sociedad de Futbol celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between Real Sociedad de Futbol and UD Almeria at Estadio Anoeta on October 27, 2013 in San Sebastian, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2014

Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann is reportedly a target for many of the Premier League's top clubs but Arsene Wenger should aim to beat the competition for the Frenchman's signature this summer.

As reported by Steve Stammers in the Daily Mirror: "Antoine Griezmann will be the summer target for a cluster of Premier League clubs—with Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton joining Arsenal in the race for the 23-year-old French winger."

Indeed, Wenger has expressed his interest in Griezmann, admitting as much back in March per Daniel Jones in the Metro

"Yes, we follow him in great detail," said Wenger. "He attracts other clubs as well. But we follow him, he is a known commodity."

Further to a much-needed new striker to support Olivier Giroud, a winger of Griezmann's quality would add a great deal to Arsenal's attacking prowess, as well as providing an alternative for injury-prone Theo Walcott.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04:  The injured Theo Walcott of Arsenal is stretchered off the pitch during the Budweiser FA Cup third round match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on January 4, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive
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Walcott was ruled out for the season back in January, as reported on BBC Sport, and his absence has been felt as the Gunners have slipped from title-contenders to scrapping for a Champions League spot.

Griezmann would provide a similar player to Walcott but on the left wing, as well as providing plenty of goals from a wide position.

Naturally left-footed and with great pace, he has top scored for sixth-placed Sociedad in La Liga this season, scoring 16 goals in 31 appearances, per Squawka.com.

He is also capable of spectacular finishes:

It is goals that Arsenal need; they only have 62 from 35 Premier League games this season with Giroud their sole player with a goal tally in double figures, per BBC Sport.

Furthermore, Griezmann would fit well into the Arsenal set up with many fellow French internationals also plying their trade at the Emirates. 

He made his debut for the French national team last month as Les Bleus overcame the Netherlands 2-0, as reported by ESPN's Dermot Corrigan:

Many feel that he deserves to be in the French team for this summer's World Cup in Brazil, including talkSPORT's Lee Roden:

At only 23 years old he has a huge amount of experience with 134 La Liga appearances for Sociedad, per ESPN FC, a factor which should encourage Wenger

The Arsenal manager has always been keen on signing youth but this often means bringing in inexperienced players. This would not be true of Griezmann.

Stammers' report suggests that Real Sociedad will listen to offers of around £20 million, a relatively small amount for a player with great potential and proven goalscoring abilities.

As well as competition from other English clubs, Wenger may also have to fight off French giants Paris St-Germain if he wants to sign Griezmann.

But with the attraction of the Premier League and a history of bringing in young French players, Wenger can and should try his utmost to bring Griezmann to North London.

He is an incredibly exciting prospect, would fit well into Arsenal's set up and provide goals, and he could bring a spark that has been missing in the latter stages of the Gunners' season. 

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