Why Arsenal must forget their rivalry and sign Tottenham’s Heung-min Son
According to reports, Tottenham Hotspur attacker Heung-min Son is on the radar of fellow Premier League giants Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United. It has also been claimed that the South Korean international is open to the possibility of leaving White Hart Lane this summer.
But Spurs won’t let him leave for cheap as they value the former Bayer Leverkusen star at €70m. Tottenham‘s valuation of Son could be a hurdle for Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in their bid to sign the player.
But here’s why Arsenal should pursue the deal and why it could be a masterstroke by the Gunners in the north London rivalry.
Tottenham’s loss is Arsenal’s gain
Arsenal aren’t used to seeing Tottenham finishing above them in the Premier League and their fans can’t bear the sight of their club being behind their north London rivals. However, Tottenham have finished above Arsenal for the past two seasons and it has sparked a debate about a possible power-shift.
In such a scenario, any loss suffered by Tottenham is a direct gain for Arsenal. And Mauricio Pochettino’s side would be losing an important player if Son left the club to join the Gunners.
Son was in great form for Spurs last season as he scored 18 goals and provided 11 assists in 53 appearances across competitions. If Arsenal manage to sign the South Korean, not only will they weaken the attacking prowess of their bitter rivals but they will also add firepower to their own attack.
A reality check for Tottenham and a show of power
Although Tottenham have mostly remained under Arsenal’s shadow, the tables have certainly turned in recent times. And if Arsenal can lure one of their most important players away from the club, it would dent Spurs’ confidence massively while enhancing the Gunners’ stature.
If Son moves to Arsenal, the club would receive a player who will offer what they have missed for so long. Unai Emery’s team lacks proper out-and-out wingers, and adding a proven wide player would enable Arsenal to perform better next season and challenge for the title as well.