Lucas Moura has been linked with the Premier League’s big six including Arsenal since Paris Saint Germain’s head coach Unai Emery told reporters the winger is not included within his plans, leading to the question does he hold the key to a top four finish?
The arrivals of stellar signings Kylian Mbappe and Neymar has put the 25-year-old on the side-lines and his time in Paris looks to be reaching its end.
Add the fact that he has only mustered just over an hour of first team football in his six substitute appearances this season, a move away is his only alternative.
For the Gunners, they lie five points off a Champions League place and with recent back to back wins over London counterparts Crystal Palace and Chelsea, their league standing could be on the rise.
However, the impressive displays merely pave over the cracks of what has been one of the most turbulent seasons the Emirates stadium has ever seen.
Take the introduction of Henrikh Mkhitaryan away, Arsenal have seen three of their first team wingers leave in Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez leaving themselves with less options out wide than they bargained for.
While many may argue this opens the door for their younger players to take the leap of faith, manager Arsene Wenger is not in a position of such luxury.
Alex Iwobi who, despite his 23 appearances this season, has been below par. Two goals to show for his work and with no-one having the slightest idea where his best position is, the 21-year-old has been substandard.
Another prospect, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is often utilised at full back is showing all the signs of a player who could have the ability to take the league by storm but is still quite way off in doing so.
Therefore, Moura would act as the perfect solution to Wenger’s conundrum. Admittedly his favoured right side matches the wing preferred by Mkhitaryan, but it’s the interchangeability the pair could offer which could prove a success.
With his career high figures of 18 goals and 11 assists in the 2016/17 season his best yet, it was his capability to provide chances that received so much recognition.
It even led Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edison Cavani to scoring a combined total of 286 goals when lined up alongside the Brazilian international.
A PERFECT MATCH
The 25-year-old would already be accustomed to Arsenal’s formation and tactics with PSG opting to use one of a similar nature.
Wenger’s 4-2-3-1 compliments his style of play and should Moura brave the move to the capital, he offers himself the opportunity to become a key first team player.
Alongside the playmaking wonders of Mesut Ozil, the former Sao Paulo man could replicate the understanding he built with the similarly talented Angel Di Maria.
Moura excels when a number 10 is in operation as it allows him the space and time to drift out into the wide areas where he becomes so effective.
The only potential setback in what could turn out to be an illustrious signing for the North London club is that they are reportedly only interested in obtaining Moura on a temporary basis.
Whereas the French giants are looking to cut their losses in an attempt to recoup the £35 million they initially spent on him five years ago.
If that is to be the case, then the time has come for Arsenal to show their hand as this could really be the difference between a Tuesday night in Madrid come next season or an early evening Thursday night kick-off in Kiev.