After an eternity of missing out on the top targets, it seems that we could ( well in my opinion ) hit a jackpot in the shape of Antoine Griezmann next summer. I strongly believe we have a good chance of getting the Frenchman next summer if the rumours that Wenger was willing to pay what is needed to sign him in the just concluded transfer window is true. At just 25 – with pace and trickery to destroy opposition defenses, the French striker will prove to be a perfect signing for the Gunners.
Before the end of summer transfer window, reports emerged that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was after the signature of Griezmann. However, owing to the fact that this will be Atletico’s last season in the Vicente Calderon, Griezmann wanted to bid farewell to the old stadium in style. Consequently, he decided to extend his stay at the club for one more season.
Another reason why Griezmann may have decided to stay at the club was its recent failures in European competitions. While Atletico has reached UEFA Champions League Finals twice in last three years, they were undone by neighbors Real Madrid in both these occasions.
Therefore, there is a sense persisting in the Spanish Capital that Griezmann wants to win the ultimate trophy this season with the Rojiblancos.
If Arsenal could be able to get his services, they will, more importantly, import a leader from the sunny Spain. Even after losing two finals in the space of 3 months this year, the Frenchman told Guardian that he “didn’t cry” to show his character to his teammates.
Therefore, in that small buildup of his lies a man with huge character. Consequently, goals will not be the only thing which Griezmann will bring with him at the Emirates.
While he has just renewed his contract with the Spanish giants, early signs show that Griezmann might be open to the opportunity of leaving Atleti. In a statement issued days ago, Griezmann hinted that he might leave the club if Simeone does the same in the coming years.
However, while Simeone might not leave the club, Griezmann might look for new pastures. With the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich all going for the Champions League, it is plausible to think that Atletico Madrid will fall short once again this season.
In addition, with Diego Costa tipped for a move back to the Vicente Calderon, Griezmann might be tempted by a move from the Gunners and Atletico may also feel they have the replacement for the former Real Sociedad star in the current Chelsea striker who only left them three years ago.
With long-term stability, players like Ozil and Sanchez to play with, and a promise of Champions League football, Arsene Wenger could be able to lure the 25-year-old to the Emirates next season. Also, with the long-term future of Olivier Giroud in doubt, Griezmann seems a tailor-made candidate to lead the line for Gunners.