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According to Football Insider, the Royals have accepted that Olise is expected to leave in the upcoming window.
The report claims that Arsenal are keen but face competition from Crystal Palace, Leeds United, Liverpool, and Wolves.
But would he be a good signing for the Gunners? And do they need him?
Our FLW writers offer their thoughts…
I’m not sure he’s what they need right now.
Arsenal have been dreadful this season, and need to sign players that have proven Premier League experience, otherwise they could be in danger of an unthinkable relegation into the Championship this term.
Olise has really impressed me with Reading so far this season and definitely strikes me as the sort of player that is more than capable of playing his football in the Premier League in the future.
However, he wouldn’t be getting the game time he needs to develop in senior football, and I’d be pursuing a move to a club like Wolves or Leeds United instead, with both being credited with interest in his services.
A move to Arsenal would be a poor move for both parties at this moment in time, but that’s not to say he could reach a club of their stature in the future.
Have any of these 22 players ever been in Reading’s academy?
The Gunners have been crying out for a creative outlet through the centre of the field and Michael Olise could well be the man to fill Mesut Ozil’s boots in years to come.
Despite the Frenchman’s young age, he has already become a key player for Reading and for that reason I do feel that he could hit the heights of the Premier League at some stage down the line.
It certainly feels like there is a need for Arsenal to bring in an attacking midfielder and Olise could well fit the bill for Mikel Arteta as he offers both guile and trickery in the final third.
Whether he would be ready to make such a huge step up at this point in his career remains to be seen but I have no doubts that he will make it to the top when he is ready.