Ousmane Dembele Is Reportedly on Arsenal's 'List of Goals' in Transfer Market

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2018

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 06: Ousmane Dembele of FC Barcelona gestures during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Internazionale and FC Barcelona at San Siro Stadium on November 6, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is reportedly on Arsenal's "list of goals" in the transfer market. 

According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Sport Witness' Naveen Ullal), the Gunners are interested in Dembele and do not "lose sight" of him.

Arsenal's head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, brought Dembele from Rennes to Borussia Dortmund in 2016.

Barcelona signed Dembele after just one campaign at Dortmund, during which he produced 10 goals and 21 assists, for a fee that could top out at €147 million (£135 million).

The 21-year-old contributed four goals and eight assists in his first season at the Camp Nou, though a lengthy absence because of a hamstring injury limited him to just 23 appearances.

This season, he has notched six goals and two assists in 15 outings. Equally strong with both feet, Dembele is an electric player and can be a nightmare for defenders to play against because of his pace and trickery.

Though he's sometimes guilty of giving the ball away cheaply, he likes to pick out his team-mates in the final third too:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Ousmane Dembele: Is making more key passes per 90 (2.9) than any other player aged 23 and under in La Liga this season (5+ apps) For more player stats -- https://t.co/e28LsmzqTN https://t.co/dmvqObxMmP

However, there are concerns at the club—and among the Catalan press—about his attitude.

Football writer Tom Williams shared a recent example of a situation Dembele could have handled better:

Tom Williams @tomwfootball

Ousmane Dembele continuing to display a troubling lack of professionalism/common sense at Barcelona. Missed training through illness on Thursday and neglected to tell anyone at the club where he was https://t.co/HeJvtoPLHI

Barcelona blogger Kevin Williams and La Liga writer Andrew Gaffney also discussed the winger's issues:

Andrew Gaffney @GaffneyVLC

@kevvwill I think that last sentence is 100% true. When you spend so much on a player (not his fault, admittedly) you expect a certain degree of respect, or desire to prove your worth (to the team, not his price tag). When he repeats those errors, it can be misconstrued as him not caring.

Dembele is still young, but Barcelona are right to expect better from him, particularly given the size of the investment they made in him.

His attitude should be a similar concern for Arsenal, though Mislintat has a prior working relationship with the player and may know how to get the best out of him.

But even if Barcelona's concerns with Dembele were enough to convince them to sell him, they will still want to recoup most or all of the money splashed out to sign him.

If the Gunners want the France international, they would almost certainly have to smash their transfer recordthe £56 million spent on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangand pay Barca a nine-figure sum.


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