Paul Merson has urged Arsenal to “pull out all of the stops” to signal James Ward-Prowse from Southampton this summer season.
The Gunners are believed to be looking out for quite a lot of new signings forward of the beginning of the 2022-23 season regardless of having already accomplished offers to land Marquinhos and Fabio Vieira.
Mikel Arteta is seeking to bolster his squad with some recent expertise forward of the brand new marketing campaign, because the Spaniard appears to be like to information the Gunners to a top-four end subsequent time period.
England midfielder Ward-Prowse was in good type for Southampton final season as he scored 10 objectives and made 5 assists in 36 Premier League video games to assist the Saints to complete in fifteenth place within the desk.
The 27-year-old has been linked with a transfer to West Ham United this summer season – however Merson has warned the Gunners that they can not permit the midfielder to maneuver to the Hammers, saying that Arsenal ought to be going all out to try to deliver him to The Emirates.
Writing in his column for The Daily Star, Merson stated: “Arsenal can’t permit West Ham to purchase James Ward-Prowse. I feel he is a good signing for whoever will get him.
“I feel he is without doubt one of the greatest passers of the ball in England. Him and Trent Alexander-Arnold see issues few different English gamers do they usually can spray it across the pitch as a result of they’ve such a great vary of passing.
“I don’t perceive why Arsenal are usually not pulling out all of the stops to try to take James Ward-Prowse from Southampton.
“Arsenal want to purchase expertise and they might be shopping for an skilled England worldwide who is aware of the Premier League and would make an enormous distinction to them.
“They’re crying out for a participant who can spray the ball round from the center of the pitch. They’ve lots who can play good, one-touch, tippy-tappy stuff however no-one who can change the play or play a killer ball excessive.”
Ward-Prowse is a product of the Southampton youth system and made his first-team debut for the south coast membership again in 2011 when he was simply 16 years outdated.
He has scored a complete of 44 objectives in 364 video games for the Saints since then and has been a daily fixture within the first staff for the final 10 seasons.
Ward-Prowse has scored two objectives in 11 video games for England since making his senior worldwide debut again in 2017.