Reported Arsenal target Christian Eriksen has everything in his locker to be a “top player’ but Inter Milan teammate Romelu Lukaku admits life in Italy is proving difficult for the Dane, speaking to Kanal 5, via Goal.
He may have spent six years pulling the strings in the other half of north London but Erisken’s Tottenham Hotspur past won’t matter a jot to the Emirates faithful.
Mikel Arteta deserves huge credit for giving Arsenal a backbone (3-0 defeats to Aston Villa notwithstanding) but any progress they have made since the Unai Emery era continues to be undermined by a lack of cutting edge.
With Mesut Ozil tweeting from the sidelines, Arsenal have failed to score a Premier League goal from open play in six hours while slipping to 11th in the table.
So, as FC Inter News suggest Eriksen could be sold for a bargain fee £23 million, you’d struggle to find many Gunners fans unwilling to overlook the playmaker’s affiliation with their white-clad rivals.
Eriksen has been open about his inability to adapt since moving from Tottenham to Inter in January and, according to Lukaku, a language barrier isn’t helping.
Could he be tempted to return to a country he knows well?
“Eriksen has all the qualities to become a top player, and I want to help him. But first, he has to learn Italian,” Lukaku told Kanal 5.
“I immediately got used to a new reality – but maybe he will need more time. With the language, he still has some work to do. If he learned Italian I am sure everything would become easier for him.
“He could communicate better with everyone, teammates and the coach, and would contribute more to the work of the whole team.”
Eriksen has started just three of Inter’s Serie A games this term, failing to provide a goal or assist as the realisation dawns there’s no obvious place in Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 formation for an orthodox number 10.
FC Inter News adds Eriksen is one of three attacking midfielders on Arsenal’s radar, alongside Lyon whizzkid Houssem Aouar and Dominik ‘the Hungarian Havertz’ Szoboszlai.