Arsenal have identified Bayer Leverkusen star Kevin Volland as their latest target as Mikel Arteta looks to extend his attacking options in January.
According to Sky Sports, Kevin Volland has become a subject of interest for Arsenal. The Gunners are eyeing a move for the Bayer Leverkusen forward in the upcoming January transfer window as new manager Mikel Arteta seeks to get his project underway.
The former Manchester City assistant manager has already expressed his interest in Dries Mertens of Napoli. And now, the recent interest in Volland does hint at the fact that he is keen to extend his attacking options, especially with new signing Nicolas Pepe failing to make a notable impact.
Indeed, the Ivorian has scored only four goals in 19 competitive matches so far, which is quite a disappointing tally for a player of his calibre. Mesut Ozil, too, has also found it difficult to impress under Unai Emery and later, Freddie Ljungberg. Same can be said for Reiss Nelson, who also struggled with injuries.
Volland, to that end, might be a viable target for Arsenal. The Bayer Leverkusen star has massively improved his production in front of goal, especially following the arrival of Peter Bosz. The Dutchman has primarily utilised him as a secondary forward, which has tuned in well with the player’s qualities.
At Arsenal, however, things could get tricky for Volland as far as fitting into the system is concerned. He would have to compete with two prolific goalscorers in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, meaning his chances of getting a berth in the first-team is close to none.
But, at the same time, both Lacazette and Aubameyang have been linked with a move away from Emirates. And that’s where Volland could come into the fray. He could be considered as a direct replacement for someone like Lacazette, who is known for his work-rate and finishing prowess.- just like Volland.
However, it’s not only about attacking qualities that make the Bayer Leverkusen star such an appealing target for the Gunners. He can also play in a number of different roles, including the right-wing slot, meaning he can be considered as an alternative for Pepe as well, if he continues to falter even under Arteta.
As for Volland, himself, a move to Arsenal would only add a little gloss to his career. Other than that, it is doubtful as to whether or not he would be able to replicate his form in the Premier League, though he really should be given his physical presence and aggressive style of play. Only time will tell.