Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Fraser and Belgium international Yannick Carrasco have been linked all summer long with Arsenal but with a limited budget, it was always going to be just one of them that the Gunners would be able to sign and it is Scottish international Fraser that they are reported to prefer.
Arsenal was very close to signing Carrasco, it was widely reported that they were in talks with Carrasco’s Chinese Super League club, Dalian Yifang and a deal was said to be imminent but as is usual with transfer gossip, nothing materialised.
The reasoning behind the decision to make Fraser the priority is that he has just a year left on his contract, however, the 25-year-old has made it clear that he wants to stay on the south coast for another year which makes the decision by Arsenal to focus on Fraser bewildering.
That said, football is a business and for a club like Bournemouth they really cannot afford to lose a player on a free transfer and it could well be the thinking at Arsenal is that they can force a move with the right offer.
If they do fail to lure Fraser to the Emirates then there still remains the possibility of signing Carrasco.