The Morocco international was strongly linked with a move to England last summer when he made it clear he wanted to leave Montpellier in search of a new challenge. However a move failed to materialise and he ended up moving to Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kiev.
The 24 year old has admitted he would jump at the chance to move to the North London club due to their high number of French players.
According to the Express, he said:
How long will I stay at Dynamo? I don’t know. If I have opportunities to go higher, I will seize them.
I am dreaming about England. Every player wants to play in England one day. I have to experience that.
My favourite club? Arsenal, of course. It is the club of Frenchmen. Newcastle as well, but they are a step below. Manchester City and Liverpool are exciting too.
There are so many clubs with big histories. That is England.
The Moroccan star has been on the Gunners’ radar for a number of years after his emergence at Montpellier. He has continued to impress with 5 goals and 3 assists in 16 league appearances so far for Dynamo Kiev.
He is known for his versatility in the midfield, as he can play on either wing, in the centre or in his preferred position just behind the striker and if given license to roam, he can be devastating. He is certainly a danger-man as he combines great passing and vision with superb control and skill. He can sit back and be the creative architect or he can surge forward, be direct and dangerous with the ball at his feet.
However one key flaw in Belhanda’s game is that isn’t the most consistent player, as he can be absolutely sensational but can also go missing in games all too often. He is reportedly valued at around £12 million by Dynamo.
The Gunners have lacked pace in attack at times this season and that’s an area where Arsenal are expected to add this summer. Belhanda could offer us something different in that department. He is not top quality just yet, but could be a decent back-up option to have from the bench.
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