Michy Batshuayi has dropped a massive come and get me plea to Arsenal who are reportedly interested in landing the 20-year-old forward in the summer.
The Standard Liege forward has an impressive record in Belgium’s top division this season with 18 goals and three assists from his 29 appearances.
“Unfortunately I do not think I’ll stay [at Standard past the summer] - Personally, I like Arsenal. There is a good philosophy at the club where trust is given to young players. This is a very technical team playing good football, and since I was little this was a team who I liked,” he said on Belgian TV.
On the surface, he appears to be a very good investment for Arsenal but were they to sign him, they may lose a talented forward in Joel Campbell who they already own.
Campbell has made it clear he’s looking forward to returning from a very successful loan spell at Olympiakos, focused on getting into the Arsenal first team in all competitions next season.
Campbell himself has a very good record from this season; seven goals and 11 assists from 26 appearances, including that impressive strike against Manchester United in the first leg of the Greek side’s Champions League clash against the Old Trafford team.
“As soon as Arsenal came, I wanted to join them and I believe I am ready to play for Arsenal next season. I know I have the capacity to play there. I am only waiting for the opportunity. With hard work I know I can get there,” Campbell told the Daily Mail last month.
Batshuayi’s potential arrival at Arsenal could do one of two things, which may cause Campbell to push for another loan move away or leave the club altogether.
Firstly, it adds another striker to the mix. Arsenal would have Olivier Giroud, Batshuayi, Yaya Sanogo and the much anticipated big money striker signing this summer all competing for first team football.
That makes it difficult for Campbell to get game time and he’d have to produce a remarkable impact over the summer to be in contention come the start of the season.
Secondly, he could take it as a signal of intent from Arsenal that they don’t believe he can be consistent next season and hence, they are hedging their bets with another striker option.
Batshuayi is a very promising player but is he someone Arsenal really need when they have a hungry Campbell wound up and ready to play? It’s doubtful.