Wissam Ben Yedder: All you need to know about Arsenal’s top target

Sankha Ghosh / 26 July 2016
Wissam Ben Yedder

Yet another Arsenal summer where Gooners have had to deal with links to star names like Higuain and Mahrez die their inevitable death too soon.

So, who is now the Gunners’ major hope – Wissam Ben Yedder. This guy is believed to be Arsene Wenger’s prime target up front if latest reports are anything to go by.

Unsurprisingly, Arsenal fans are not at all happy with this latest link to a relative no one, but why not research a little more about the guy first.

We have done a little bit of research and here are all the facts you need to know about Arsenal’s next big star.

The basics                                                                                         

A French striker of Tunisian descent, Ben Yedder was born in Sarcelles, Ile-de-France in 1990, and began his football career at the age of just 10 in the youth team of Garges-les-Gonesse.

Ben Yedder eventually picked up by Toulouse in 2010 and has been there for the bulk of his career, spending six seasons with the Ligue 1 outfit now.

After a slow start, the front-man is now one of his club’s most productive players and has shown himself to be among the top attacking players of the French top flight.

But his height might become a worrying fact; he’s only 5 ft 7 – hardly ideal for the physical demands of the Premier League, and all too familiar for Arsenal fans who have long felt their side is too lightweight.

The stats

What goal-scoring stats have attracted Arsenal? In fairness, they’re not bad at all – he has consistently hit strong numbers for the last four seasons in a row.

Having scored only once in his first two seasons for Toulouse, Ben Yedder has really turned things around since then, with 70 goals in the last four years.

His best tally was 23 goals in 41 games last season, which came with five assists, suggesting he may be the complete forward Wenger would love to have in his ranks.

Futsal

Ben Yedder may not have won any caps for the France national team, but to be a bit different, he’s played twice for their futsal side.

His record reads two appearances and one goal, and though we cannot find any video evidence of this, it’s a pretty cool fact as football and futsal clearly need to mix more.

Could he take that level of close control and individual skill with him to the Premier League? It’s a pretty different game, but those qualities could stand him in good stead in the future.

If partnered with the not-so-mobile Giroud, Ben Yedder’s quick feet and skill could actually make him the ideal player to complement his fellow Frenchman, rather than necessarily replace him.

Who wants him?

If you’re one of those who tries to judge a player by who he’s being linked with in the transfer market, you may struggle to realize Ben Yedder’s qualities on that basis.

In recent months, the 25-year-old has been linked with several clubs, with Arsenal joining Barcelona, Sevilla, Leicester City, West Ham and even Seattle Sounders are in the chase for his signature.

With a year to go on his contract, it probably makes sense that everyone’s queuing up to try and sign him, and that could benefit penny-pinching Arsenal as well as they won’t have to pay a colossal amount to persuade Toulouse to sell.