Could winger released by Arsenal solve their wide issues?

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Reading wide man Hal Robson-Kanu has surely proved himself good enough for the Premier League. But is he good enough to right a wrong at Arsenal?

Hal Robson-Kanu bagged a brace at the weekend in relegated Reading's 4-2 win away to mid-table Fulham.

To look at Reading's position in 19th, is not a fair reflection on Robson-Kanu's season; he has been by far and away one of their most dangerous players offensively - their third top scorer.

A seven goal return from the winger is certainly not bad, especially for a 23-year-old playing his first ever season in the Premier League.

With the Royals already condemned to the Championship, there will be a number of interested teams looking at Robson-Kanu this summer, if not as a starter then as an impact player to bring on.

While the temptation may be to look at his club Reading and simply suggest a side like Aston Villa or Everton as a safe step up, could the west-London born winger bypass them and go straight to a top four contender?

Considering that as a possibility for a moment, there is one standout candidate; a club who released him as a youngster and who have left wing 'issues' to resolve this summer; Arsenal.

Hal Robson-Kanu spent his early footballing years with Arsenal's academy, but never even made it to signing a professional contract, for he was released at just 15-years-old.

He was picked up by Reading, where he has remained since, but spent spells on loan at Swindon Town and Southend United as he battled to make a name for himself in the lower leagues.

Current Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers gave him his big break in 2009/10 and he has been a regular ever since. In Reading's promotion campaign under Brian McDermott, Robson-Kanu scored four times, a tally he has bettered this campaign.

In the Premier League he has scored seven this season, and in March also scored his first international goal for Wales, showing his career really is on the up.

So how could he benefit Arsenal?

While Arsenal have efficient and pacy wide men in Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott, what they haven't been able to do is solve the issue on their left-hand side.

Lukas Podolski and Gervinho have been tried there, and Arshavin previously, but neither are proper wingers nor long-term solutions.

Robson-Kanu is a useful player because of his ability to play on either the left or right wing. His brace against Fulham on Saturday was scored when he started on the right, but his goals against Reading and Spurs this season came when he was playing on the left.

While Gunners fans may have a 'bigger name' in mind to fill the void, it seems apparent their big cash will go on a central striker - Jovetic?, a holding midfielder and probably a goalkeeper.

This doesn't allow wads of cash to throw at a winger who may not be required to start every match, due to the fact Wenger will probably still play Podolski on the left for periods anyway, simply to try and fit him in.

Robson-Kanu could be picked up for relatively cheap, and give the Gunners an alternative option, and is a natural left-footer. At just 23 he is only going to improve, and if he could score seven for Arsenal next season he would certainly be a worthy addition.

If not, expect him to roll up at an opposition shirt at the Emirates next season, because it's unlikely he will still be playing Championship football.

What do you think? Would he be a worthwhile signing?

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