Inter Milan Christian Eriksen (left) and Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka
According to a report by Mail, Arsenal are considering whether to make an audacious move for Christian Erikesen in January to ease their creative woes. The Gunners have endured an awful start to the season, which sees them down in 15th position on the league table, just four points off the relegation zone in the Premier League.
Worse still, only Burnley with eight goals have scored fewer than their 12 outside of the bottom three with the lack of a playmaker hindering Mikel Arteta’s team in the first half of the campaign. But according to Gazzetta dello sport, via Sport Witness, the Gunners are ‘looking at’ addressing the issue by bringing in Eriksen who previously starred at north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur between 2013 and the start of this year.
The 28-year-old departed White Hart Lane for a cut price £25million move to Inter Milan in January, with Spurs keen to grab a fee for a player who had just six months of his contract to run and had no intention to stay at the club. But the playmaker has soon fallen out of favour under Antonio Conte, scoring four goals and creating just three goals in his 38 appearances across 2020.
Although Arsenal still have the option of bringing in Mesut Ozil out of the cold having left him out of their squad for the first half of the season, the Italian report suggest Inter will be looking to offload Eriksen to a Premier League club on loan, most likely Arsenal, as they don’t expect much interest in a permanent switch. Inter though are keen to get a player in return from the Emirates Stadium and would be keen to arrange a similar deal to take Granit Xhaka in return.
Dani Ceballos is another player the Nerazzurri are interested in but that would see getting Real Madrid getting involved in the deal as the midfielder is on loan from the Spanish club. Eriksen is yet to complete 90 minutes this season for Inter across 12 games in all competitions, and has not scored a goal or created an assist for the club during that period.
The Dane is also keen to get first team minutes under his belt, as he hopes to prove his match fitness and remain in ideal shape to play a key role for Denmark in next summer’s European Championship.