Arsenal are wasting no time in attempting to find a striker who can lead their frontline for years to come. And in doing so, the Mikel Arteta is shifting away from Arsene Wenger’s policy during his time in charge.
The Spaniard is working with technical director Edu Gaspar to bring in a new centre forward, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang already departing in January and Alexandre Lacazette following him out of the door this summer. The Express report the Gunners reportedly have six targets on their shortlist – and the majority of them point to signing a modern No.9 that most Premier League clubs are turning their attention towards.
Just like how Manchester City have signed Erling Haaland and Manchester United reportedly want Darwin Nunez, Arsenal are keen to sign a young striker, capable of scoring 20 goals a season with as much aerial ability as they have with technique. It is no surprise to see names such as Roma star Tammy Abraham, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Victor Osimhen of Napoli included, given their strong stature and ability to hold up play.
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is one of several strikers on Arsenal’s shortlist (
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It is what Arsenal have been missing, a striker with true grit who can find a winner when their style of play isn’t producing goals. And that transfer strategy is far removed from the Wenger days, when he favoured strikers that are more versatile and can contribute to the build-up play, as proven by his capture of Lacazette to replace Olivier Giroud as his main striker in 2017.
The Frenchman cost £52million to sign from Lyon, a club-record fee at the time, after three storming seasons in Ligue 1. When he arrived, Lacazette was only 26 and was coming off the back of a season where he scored 28 times in 30 league appearances, so laying down an exorbitant fee for one of Europe’s most in-form strikers was understandable.
But with his expected departure from the Emirates Stadium after five seasons to head back to his boyhood club, there is a feeling that Lacazette never truly rediscovered that electricity in front of goal during his time in England. His final Premier League campaign saw a return of only four goals in 30 games this season reflects that disappointment.