Why Arsenal should go for Michael Olise in January
According to The Reading Chronicle, Arsenal are interested in Michael Olise. A lot of teams were interested in the forward, including Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Reading are, however, reluctant to let the player leave on the cheap.
Michael Olise started his footballing education in the youth ranks of Chelsea before joining Reading’s academy on a free transfer back in 2015. He initially impressed for the Berkshire outfit’s U-18 side before bursting onto the first-team picture in the Championship during the 2018-19 season.
The 18-year-old made only 4 league appearances in his debut season. He then went on to establish himself in a more prominent role last season, featuring 19 times in the English second-tier.
Olise has started the 2020-21 season in the Championship on a bright note. The French U-18 international bagged an assist in Reading’s 2-0 victory over Derby County on the opening day of the campaign. He then followed it up with his first senior goal as the Royals beat Barnsley 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium. He is a part of the French U-18 squad and has two caps for them so far.
Arsenal should go for Olise in January
Arsenal have a decent stock of forwards after the addition of Willian, led by their talismanic captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette present as well. Add to that the likes of Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli.
However, Michael Olise would be one for the future given his young age. At 18, he has enough time to develop into a big player. His versatility of playing on either wing and attacking midfield will be another factor that supports him.
Also, the fact that he is regularly rubbing shoulders with the senior pros at just 18 is clearly indicative of some excellent progress and highlights a level of maturity that belies his tender years.
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Under Arteta, Olise could improve further with intricate care. He could be a shrewd bit of investment from the club as they look to rebuild under the Spaniard. Arsenal should definitely go for Michael Olise in January because he would represent a good bit of business in the current climate.