Arsenal linked with January move for 23-year-old creative forward

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Express claims that Arsenal have been linked with a move for Olympiakos 23-year-old star Daniel Podence.

Daniel Podence netted eight goals and made nine assists for Olympiakos last season, having joined after expiring his Sporting deal. He has two goals and an assist this time, with the Portuguese notably delivering an excellent display in the 2-2 draw with Spurs in the Champions League.

The nippy wide-man was vital in his team’s unbelievable comeback against Tottenham, which came after they went two goals following Lucas Moura’s strike and Harry Kane’s penalty. He fired one back in just before half-time following a great run from the right-wing and brought the home fans on their feet in Piraeus.

According to the reports, Olympiakos won’t allow selling for anything less than £22million. Going by Portuguese winger’s impressive plays so far this season, should the Gunners make a move for the Olympiakos player in the winter transfer window? Of course, they should.

Arsenal broke their transfer record in last summer by signing Nicholas Pepe from LOSC Lille, after scoring 23 goals and laying on 12 assists in just 41 games recent campaign. He helped Lille qualify for the Champions League, forcing them into second place.

However, Ivory Coast international is coming under criticism at Arsenal for his weak performances. Making 10 games in all competitions, the Ivorian has netted just one goal from the penalty spot in a 3-2 win against Aston Villa.

Pepe may not play as well as it was expected at the Emirates, but boss Unai Emery will be quite happy with the performances of young prospects like Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli this campaign.

With Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan sent on loan to AS Roma and Mesut Ozil possibly not in Gunner boss’s plans, the Arsenal could do great with another winger.

Portuguese winger would be a good fit at the Emirates. An inverted left-winger by trade, Podence is defined by crazy speed and combines his lightning step with flair and athleticism to add that spark to the attack. His technical skills allow him to receive the ball with minimal errors and run efficiently with the ball at his feet.

Although the former Sporting Lisbon man lacks the physical power to win aerial fights, he is quite able to hold on the ball and can make fast turns to buy himself that extra yard of space.

Portuguese’s low centre of force allows him to glide past players without much problem and stretch the opposition backline.