Arsenal were given short shrift by West Ham when they enquired about Jarrod Bowen, according to CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs.
The Gunners wanted to know whether the Hammers were open to selling the England international, but Jacobs says they were told in no uncertain terms that the winger was unavailable:
“There’s lots of excitement about Bowen moving potentially to a club like Arsenal, but it’s all hypothetical at the moment, because West Ham don’t want to sell. But Arsenal have definitely made an enquiry around Bowen to see what the situation is, but that’s what they’ve been told.”
It is believed that West Ham hold Bowen in such high regard that they would only sell him if a club were prepared to pay well excess of £100m for the player.
That is something that Arsenal would never consider and it seems likely that the club moved swiftly on to other options once they were informed of the Irons’ transfer stance.
It’s clear that Mikel Arteta’s side are still in the market for a winger. In addition to Bowen, they made an aborted attempt to sign Raphinha, while Bayern Munich’s Leroy Sane, Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio, Porto’s Pepe and Barcelona’s Memphis Depay have all been linked in recent weeks. We shall see if the club do try to recruit a new player in that position before the transfer window closes.