Arsenal target calls for Dalian Yifang ‘problem’ to be ‘solved’

Joe Williams

Yannick Carrasco wants his situation at Dalian Yifang “solved” as soon as possible amid speculation of a move to Arsenal.

The Belgium international has been suspended by the Chinese Super League club after failing to turn up for a match and being absent from training.

On the incident, the club wrote in a statement: “Yannick Carrasco of the Dalian Football Club was absent from the away game against Hebei China Fortune and missed training.

“The club now imposes the following penalties on him: Order Carrasco to apologise to the team within three days and stop training.

“The club has always attached importance to the team’s discipline construction, and no individual is above the collective. The club treats everyone equally.”

Recent reports have suggested that the Gunners are closing in on a deal for Carrasco this summer, with Dalian Yifang happy to sell for the right price.

Arsenal have been tracking the former Atletico Madrid man for some time and came close to landing him in January, when the two clubs were unable to agree on a fee.

Carrasco recently revealed his desire to return to Europe but, in response to his suspension, Carrasco insisted he wants to help Dalian Yifang.

“The attitude of some club’s leaders and team-mates towards me is incomprehensible to me given my commitment and performance with the team so far,” Carrasco wrote on Twitter.

“The team needs me and I want to help the team. This problem need to be solved.”