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Arsenal scout expresses reservation over French winger

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the Antoine Griezmann after Arsene Wenger admitted his interest in his fellow countryman.

Arsenal's French scout and former player Gilles Grimandi has revealed his reservations over Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann despite widespread interest in the Frenchman's services.

The 22-year-old has been in scintillating form for his club side this season, scoring 15 goals in La Liga to sit behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa in the goalscoring stakes and was particularly impressive against Barcelona in a shock 3-1 win recently.

His breakthrough season was capped last night with an international debut in Les Bleus' 2-0 win over Holland, with Manchester United reported to have had scouts tracking him but despite hinting at also keeping tabs on the winger, Grimandi suggested there are flaws in Griezmann's game, pinpointing his disappointing Champions League showings as evidence.

The 43-year-old is quoted as saying: "He clearly has something. There is no question about that.

"But in the Champions League during very high level matches, he suffered. Notably against Manchester United."

Arsene Wenger recently let slip his interest in acquiring the wideman, by telling Telefoot TF1 that the club had been "following Antoine Griezmann for a long time."

The games against United were ones in which the whole Sociedad side looked overawed, despite the flaws of the Red Devils this term, so singling out Griezmann is slight unfair.

He is just 22, and a fortnight ago inspired his side to a win over Barcelona with a goal and assist. You would hope Grimandi was watching that one.

Do you think Grimandi's assessment of Griezmann is fair?

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