Arsenal are desperately on the hunt for a new striker with a number of names constantly flying around social media, some of which are top class players, others who are exciting prospects for the future. For Breel Embolo, he falls in the category of being an exciting future prospect who is sure to end up a world class striker.
It cannot be stressed enough what level of talent this young player has. Embolo proved to be one of Europe’s best young talents whilst playing for Basel last season and I’m sure you would’ve found very few fans who would’ve turned down the opportunity of signing Embolo. Of course it would have been important to sign an experienced player as well, but for the rumoured £20 million price tag that Embolo had, that would be peanuts for Arsenal’s worthy investment. Sadly for Arsenal fans however the young Swiss international has already found himself a new club for next season, joining German side FC Schalke on a long term contract, in a reported £20 million deal.
Embolo would’ve been an interesting signing for the Gunners because although he is only 19 years old, he has already developed into a threatening striker for defences, scaring them with his power and pace on the ball.
Schalke’s sporting director himself was keen to show what a coup the German club had made by signing Embolo, with the club official stating: “In Breel Embolo, we have been able to bring in a highly talented attacker. He already has a lot of international experience and was also in demand at several other top European clubs.”
Although Embolo had a largely quiet European Championships with Switzerland, he had attracted the attention of top European clubs, with Barcelona also supposedly being a rival to his signature in addition to the Gunners.
Even though the club failed to hold talks with one of Europe’s brightest prospects, we have already secured the signing of his international teammate Granit Xhaka and some will still hope to conclude the signing of Swiss left back, Ricardo Rodriguez as well. Where does Arsenal’s striker search go from here? That’s another option missed for the Gunners.