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Some Arsenal fans would be sceptical about the prospect of signing Stephan El Shaarawy in the summer transfer window.

After all, El Shaarawy is playing for Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in the Chinese Super League, and it is not exactly one of the best leagues in the world, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s previous comments on him should encourage them.

Arsenal are among the clubs interested in signing the winger this summer, according to Gianlucadimarzio.com last week, with the report claiming that the Gunners have made contact regarding securing the services of the Italian, who will be allowed by his Chinese club to leave on loan.

Corriere dello Sport, as relayed by MilanLive, reported on Monday that Arsenal (as well as AC Milan) have made a move for the winger.

The Italy international winger has not progressed as much as one would have expected him to, although he did well during his time at Milan and at AS Roma.

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Now 27 years of age, the former Genoa star is going to hit his peak, but back when he was coming through, then Arsenal manager Wenger raved about him.

The Daily Mail quoted Wenger as saying about El Shaarawy back in December 2012: “El Shaarawy is a very mobile, very technical young player. His philosophy fits perfectly with mine.”

Do Arsenal need Stephan El Shaarawy?

El Shaarawy is a creative player who scores goals and creates chances for his teammates, but he is unlikely to make a huge impact at Arsenal, at least in the starting lineup.

It is hard to see the Italy international start regularly in manager Mikal Arteta’s side this season, especially with Willian having joined on a free transfer earlier this summer.

However, an in-form El Shaarawy – who scored 11 goals and provided three assists in Serie A in his final season with Roma in 2018-19, according to WhoScored – would not be a bad option to have on the substitutes’ bench.

Arsenal’s record transfer deals

  1. Nicolas Pepe

    £72 million

  2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    £56 million

  3. Alexandre Lacazette

    £52 million

  4. Mesut Ozil

    £42 million

  5. Shkodran Mustafi

    £35 million

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