Plenty of players have been linked with a move to Arsenal this month, but one of the most exciting for Gunners fans, should be the name of FC Lorient star, Raphael Guerreiro.
The Independent was just one English source to link the 21-year-old with a move to London in the summer, but after his profile has risen massively this season, they won’t be the only club looking to land his signature.
Here are five facts about the attacking left-sided player:
1. Although he was born in Le Blanc-Mesnil, a northern suburb of Paris, he choose to represent the country of his father and played for Portugal’s Under-21 side before making his full international debut against Armenia. It’s reported he doesn’t even speak much Portuguese.
2. Guerreiro played 37 games at left-back for SM Caen in Ligue 2, scoring twice before making the move to Ligue 1. Both Lille and Marseille were linked with making a move before he decided to further his career at Lorient.
3. During his first season for Les Merlus, Guerreiro impressed as an attacking left-back, but only contributed one assist. He helped Lorient finish eighth and they kept nine clean sheers with Guerreiro on the pitch.
4. This season, new boss Sylvain Ripoll has begun to play Guerreiro on the left side of the midfield in his 4-4-2 formation and it has helped the French-born player take his game to another level. He has four goals already this season, trebling his all-time total.
5. Moving him to a new attacking position led to his inclusion in the Portuguese national team and he was vital in Portugal’s 1-0 win over Argentina at Old Trafford. Guerreiro came on as a late substitute and scored the winning goal in injury time.
This season Lorient have endured a mixed season. They are currently 15th after 19 games, but they are only a single point away from the relegation zone. They were also eliminated from the Coupe de France by a team from the third division.
Although he is playing as a left midfielder, his best position would still be as an attacking full-back and would be an ideal signing with his versatility.
Lorient was the ideal place for Guerreiro to develop further, but moving to a Premier League side like Arsenal would give the Portuguese international the stage to improve further.