Jack Wilshere: Arsenal Should Sign Ryan Fraser

By The Editor
on 6th July 2019

Former Gunner Jack Wilshere endorses our reported interest in his former teammate…


Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has urged us to sign Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser with the 25-year-old entering the last 12 months of his contract, Football.London reports.

Fraser has been extensively linked with us over the past few months as Unai Emery looks to add some pace and power to the flanks, something we severely lacked last term.

However, despite the constant reports, we’re yet to make an official offer for the Scottish international who only finished behind Eden Hazard in last season’s Premier League assists chart.

His presence in the Premier League of the past few seasons has grown in terms of his authority and one imagines that he’s ready for a big move.

Having said that, it’s rather baffling that the club hasn’t tabled a bid yet considering that Fraser seems a more realistic target than Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.

“I think Ryan Fraser would be a great signing,” Wilshere said about his former teammate.

“I know him well. He’s probably the hardest working player I’ve ever worked with. 

“He’s got an exceptional attitude. On the pitch he runs around all day – he’s the first one on the pitch in the morning and the last one off it.

“His physical attributes have really come on. He’s really improved that side of his game. He’s really come on.

“Technically he’s really come on. You can see that by all the chances he created last year. You can see that by the large number of assists he got last season. That’s credit to him and credit to Eddie [Howe]. Eddie put a lot of trust in him and it’s been rewarded.

“He’s nurtured him and he’s turned him into a top player – and if he goes to Arsenal I wish him all the luck in the world as he’s a great guy and a great player.”

Fraser’s work rate should be as attractive to Unai Emery as his technical qualities given the amount of running that’s expected of a wide player in the modern game.

Too often though, especially when we’ve been dispossessed in the attacking third, we’ve been punished on the flanks due to our full-backs being outnumbered or being caught out of position.

With just over a month left of the transfer window, we need to get a move on.