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Brentford striker Ollie Watkins admits it’s his dream to play for Arsenal someday, though he’s not sure it will ever happen.
Brentford’s Ollie Watkins is in the form of his career with his current club right now, but he admits he’d like a transfer to Arsenal in the future.
Watkins was speaking to Hal Fish of the Sports Gazette this week. He was at the London Football Awards after a nomination for EFL Player of the Year, an award he ended up winning. Fish asked him about the possibility of a North London move.
“Yeah, that’s the dream, to play for Arsenal one day,” Watkins said. “But, you know, it’s a long shot.”
Watkins is slowly making his way up the football pyramid in England. His first full season in senior football was in the Conference South with Weston-super-Mare in 2014/15.
He impressed enough to get a chance with parent club Exeter City, followed by a move to Championship Brentford in 2017. He’s still getting better every season, scoring 22 goals and assisting three in 36 appearances this campaign.
Watkins is at his best in the air. No Championship player has more than his eight headed goals this season. He’s also a good passer though, regularly creating chances for his teammates.
Arsenal could do worse than to bring him in as a squad option. One thing they lack with the current options is an aerial threat. Aubameyang scored a couple of headed goals recently, but his career suggests that’s a bit of an anomaly.
Having a ‘Plan B’ of Watkins off the bench for Pepe and Saka to fire crosses into wouldn’t be a terrible idea.