According to BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein, speaking on the Arsecast podcast (Episode 533, 12/07/19), Arsenal have so far rejected the chance to sign Hakim Ziyech this summer. Ornstein claimed that the Gunners will not pursue the chance to sign the Ajax star, despite him being available for around £30 million and keen to come to the Emirates Stadium.
If the 26-year-old attacking midfielder is available for such a fee, then the north London club should snap him up. The 23-cap Morocco international is hugely talented and enjoyed a spectacular campaign last time out. Last season, he racked up 21 goals and 24 assists for the Dutch giants in all competitions.
Ziyech can play both centrally, and on the wing, where Unai Emery is keen to add to his ranks. He would provide an injection of guile, creativity and goal threat. Since the departure of Aaron Ramsey, these qualities may well be lacking in the Gunners’ midfield contingent.
Arsenal must reconsider their stance on Ziyech. He would be a fantastically exciting signing and would fit in so well at the Emirates Stadium. If he can be brought to the club for just £30 million then that is a bargain deal that the club must pursue. Ignoring this opportunity is a mistake, and one that Arsenal must rectify before it’s too late.