Should Arsenal explore a move for Eberechi Eze this summer?

  • The Gunners could make a move for the Crystal Palace and England star
Eze is part of England's Euro 2024 squad
Eze is part of England's Euro 2024 squad / ANP/GettyImages

Arsenal are reported to be among the clubs interested in signing Eberechi Eze from Crystal Palace this summer.

Eze would be a great purchase as he is an immensely talented player and could add much brilliance to the Gunners squad.

However, before moving for him, Arsenal must explore every aspect of a potential deal and the effects this could have on the rest of the squad.

Should Arsenal explore a move for Eberechi Eze this summer?

Eberechi Eze
Eze enjoyed a good season with Crystal Palace / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

A winger is reported to be one of Arsenal's transfer priorities this summer and given Eberechi Eze's ability to play on the left side of an attack, it is clear to see why the club are interested. He enjoyed a good campaign last season, scoring 11 goals and providing four assists in 27 Premier League appearances.

Eze is capable of playing as an attacking midfielder and on both wings, although primarily the left. It is likely Mikel Arteta views him as a winger.

Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson are two players in the current Arsenal squad capable of playing on the left and both look like they could leave this summer. If that is the case, they would need replacing and Eze could be the man.

Crystal Palace are interested in signing both players so either could be used as part of a potential deal.

However, both Smith Rowe and Nelson have been utilised as mere squad players over the past few seasons and Eze is simply too good to be just that. It is possible he could be brought in to act as cover on the left wing and potentially midfield but he would likely demand regular game time.

There is no chance Eze would displace Martin Odegaard in midfield nor would he immediately displace Gabriel Martinelli or Leandro Trossard on the left wing.

Eze would be a brilliant signing but it seems the only way he would come to north London is if Arsenal were to sell a big-name player in Martinelli or Trossard. It is possible the latter could leave considering his age but Martinelli's ability and remaining potential should put a sale completely out of the question.

Granted, a big reason why the Gunners have failed to win silverware over the past few seasons is a lack of quality squad depth. The introduction of Eze would certainly eradicate this issue and boost the squad's quality significantly.

Arsenal should definitely explore a move for Eberechi Eze this summer but may have to consider selling a big name. Despite Eze's ability, selling a brilliant player such as Martinelli or Trossard would not be worth the risk just to accommodate a move. Instead, if Eze is willing to join the club without the guarantee of regular football week in week out, a move seems like a no-brainer.