Arsenal Transfer News: Antoine Griezmann Would Be Savvy Signing for Gunners

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2014

Real Sociedad's Antoine Griezmann of France, smiles after scoring his goal against  FC Barcelona, during the Spanish League soccer match, at Anoeta  stadium in San Sebastian, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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It looks like the "French Connection" is at it again for Arsenal, if the latest rumours are to be believed.

The Daily Star's Nick Lustig reports the Gunners are very interested in bringing highly rated youngster Antoine Griezmann to the Emirates this summer in a blockbuster deal.

Arsene Wenger told Telefoot the following, via Lustig:

Yes, we follow him in great detail.

That should not come as a surprise because he attracts other clubs as well.

But we follow him, he is a known commodity

Arsenal's interest in the French winger makes sense. Playing for Real Sociedad, Griezmann is in the middle of a breakout season, scoring 15 goals in 29 total games, per WhoScored.com.

Lustig's article reports interest from other major European powerhouses like Real Madrid, PSG and Juventus. And that shouldn't come as a surprise.

Blessed with incredible athleticism and an impressive understanding of the game, Griezmann is a mismatch out on the wing for almost any defender in world football.

His dribbling skills are as good as you'd expect from a top winger playing in La Liga, but Griezmann doesn't waste too much time toying with opponents: He's always looking at and playing toward the goal.

The Mirror's Ted Knutson compares Griezmann to a former Arsenal great:

Griezmann should be flattered by that compliment but only just. There's a reason he is considered one of the finest talents in all of Europe.

While some fans have expressed concern over the team buying another winger when there would appear to be other, more pressing needs, passing on a mercurial talent like Griezmann would be a mistake.

Ozil wasn't seen as a necessity either.
Ozil wasn't seen as a necessity either.Alastair Grant/Associated Press/Associated Press

Fans were saying the same things when the Gunners bought Mesut Ozil, and that criticism quickly faded once the German midfielder put together a string of fine performances.

Griezmann doesn't have the same track record as Ozil, but he has the potential to be just as good. He was instrumental in Sociedad's La Liga run last season and scored this stunner to help his team gain access to the UEFA Champions League:

This year he's been even better, and at just 22 years of age, chances are he's not even close to reaching his full potential. His inclusion in the French squad as they prepare for the upcoming World Cup was no surprise:

Combined with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or a healthy Theo Walcott, Griezmann would upgrade Arsenal's play out on the wings significantly and help hide some of the issues the team has at the centre-forward position.

Adding quality is never a waste of resources, and while other positions on the squad do need strengthening, the Gunners have always conducted their transfers with an eye on the future.

Griezmann could be a major part of that future and presents Wenger with a young building block that plays with the right attitude (almost two tackles per game, according to WhoScored) and projects to become one of the top wingers in the game in the near future.

At a reported £25 million, his signing would be a relative bargain compared to what the team shelled out for Ozil in the summer of 2013.

Wenger should do whatever he can to secure Griezmann's signature this summer. Athletic phenoms with a knack for goals and the mentality to defend only come along every so often.