Arsene Wenger reportedly has his eye on Ligue 1 duo Aymen Abdennour and Nabil Fekir who currently play for Monaco and Lyon respectively, according to BeIN Sport reporter Matt Spiro.
My understanding is Wenger has sights on two L1 players this summer (among other targets): Monaco CB Aymen Abdennour & Lyon fwd Nabil Fekir
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) May 5, 2015
Those casting an eye on the opposition in our two-legged affair against Monaco will have noticed Abdennour, who produced a strong defensive performance over the two legs. An aggressive and rugged defender, the 25-year-old can definitely add to our squad, but our needs at the heart of the defence are no longer urgent.
Calum Chambers, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel are all competing for two spots and any potential arrival will could depend on one of them departing.
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Fekir is an interesting one as the winger possesses all the qualities which usually catch Wenger’s eye and force a move. Capable of playing in any of the forward positions, he’s tormented defences across Frances with his dribbling and close control.
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The 21-year-old has scored 12 goals this season from a wide position in a Lyon side looking too snatch the league title off Paris Saint Germain.
A move for Fekir also seems feasible due to another crucial factor. Unlike Tunisian international Abdennour, Fekir has chosen to represent France instead of his country of origin, Algeria. We would therefore not have to worry about losing him for a month due to the Africa Cup of Nations.
Regardless of the outcome on Theo Walcott’s contractual situation, Wenger has previously shown that we can never have too much attacking talent.