Arsenal want £20m Brazilian Bernard: Three questions and reaction

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Arsenal have been linked with signing Brazilian international Bernard.

For the second successive summer, Arsenal have been linked with a deal to sign Brazilian attacker Bernard.

The winger was part of the Brazil side which lost 7-1 to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals, an experience he will never forget.

While that stigma will remain with him a while, it should not be forgotten he is only 21 and to even be selected for such a match speaks volumes.

The report linking him to the Gunners this summer comes from Goal, who claim: "Wenger has received encouraging scouting reports of the youngster."

Here are three questions regarding a possible transfer, and reaction from supporters:

Is he good enough for Arsenal?

Being good enough for Brazil was enough for Gilberto Silva in 2002, to transfer successfully to the Premier League, but Bernard did not even begin to show what he can do against Germany. He looked timid, and lightweight, two things you cannot be together if you are to succeed in the Premier League. At 21 he has plenty of time to develop, but Arsenal are at the stage now that for £20 million they expect to be signing proven players, not ones with 'potential'.

Do Arsenal have good options without him?

Bernard is a winger capable of playing on the left and right, and Arsenal could certainly find a use for him. The Gunners simply do not have a genuine wide option on the left, and Bernard could stake a real claim. However it is likely this is where Alexis Sanchez will line up, with Walcott on the right, Giroud up front and Ozil behind, and Bernard would not be a guaranteed starter. Arsenal also have Serge Gnabry and Joel Campbell pushing for places in attacking areas, and would be better off spending the money on more defence minded players, or an out and out striker. 

Is there a realistic chance of getting him?

In terms of attracting Bernard, yes certainly. He currently plays for Shakhtar Dontesk, and has made no secret of the fact he would like a transfer due to political troubles in the Ukraine. Donetsk are not necessarily going to be willing sellers however, for a player they signed only a year ago. Goal claim they would not sell for under £20 million, and this could be a price tag which prevents Arsenal pushing through their interest.

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