As we reported to you earlier, Ousmane Dembélé is not having the best of times at Barcelona. The 20-year-old’s time at the Nou Camp has been hampered by injuries, thus causing the fans to lose faith in him already. We’re in the second week of February and in his first year at Barcelona, Ousmane Dembéléhas missed 27 competitive games through a thigh muscle rupture. One of the world’s most talked about youngsters is not excelling at the world’s most famous club.
Often the case with young superstars is that they sometimes move too early for their own good. Instead of staying at their parent club and thriving in an environment where they’ll have playing time and patience, they go to the club of their dreams and inevitably fail. Look at the example of Martin Odegaard, he moved to Madrid at the age of 16 and hasn’t made a single appearance for the first team. Talented young players often get advised wrong and end up moving to the wrong environment.
In regards to Ousmane Dembélé, the Frenchman has only made 12 senior appearances, in which he’s contributed 1 assist. In addition to that, he’s only averaged an abysmal 72.4% passing accuracy. One assist in 241 minutes of football doesn’t bear well for the 20-year-old.
According to Diario Gol, it was fellow Frenchman Karim Benzema that learnt of the youngster’s desire to leave Barcelona as he’s struggling to fit into the team on and off the pitch. Furthermore, the Spanish publication believes Ousmane Dembélé is having problems with several key figures in the dressing room, including the man himself, Lionel Messi.
Like we reported to you, Arsenal has emerged as an escape route for the 20-year-old. It’s said that Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is the one initiating contact between Ousmane Dembélé and the Gunners. The report stated that Arsenal was willing to only play £53million for the winger, as they’ve spent over £100million in the past year. Barcelona would also be reluctant to let Dembélé go for such a minuscule fee after they blew half of Neymar’s record fee on him last summer.
Arsenal seems to be keen on the deal despite just buying both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. That shows that Arsène Wenger is still not 100% perfectly happy with his attack. Perhaps this could spell the end of Alex Iwobi & Danny Welbeck as Arsène Wenger seeks to formulate an all-star attacking department at Arsenal. Theo Walcott & Olivier Giroud have already left the club, showing Arsène Wenger is no longer accepting mediocrity at the club.
Ousmane Dembélé may be struggling at Barcelona but it should be noted that on his day, there are not many in world football better than him. Such a talent is befitting of more than abuse in Catalonia, he deserves adulation in England. But why would he want to come to England I hear you say?
Well, for every player in world football, the Premier League is the pinnacle of the sport. It’s the most watched league in the world and players can turn from nobodies to stars in this league. Ousmane Dembélé would love nothing more than to follow the footsteps of his childhood hero Thierry Henry and become an Arsenal legend. If Ousmane Dembélé were put up for sale tomorrow, Arsenal would certainly be his most likely destination. Why?
He idolises Thierry Henry and in France, Arsène Wenger is almost immortal in the eyes of young French players. Arsenal plays a similar brand of football that Dembélé was exposed to at Dortmund. A high-octane, tikki-takkaand offensively minded style of play that seeks to overload teams in the final third.
Ousmane Dembélé would be a useful asset to Arsène Wenger as he has the pace that gives him an edge in beating players 1v1. This would be key in helping Arsenal to destabilise low-blocks, a tactic they face almost every week. If Ousmane Dembélé truly wants to leave Barcelona, he should rest assured knowing he has a potential home in Arsenal.