I am still off the opinion that Arsenal will not be bringing in a new big striker next season, considering that Arteta seems to prefer to crowd the midfield rathr than rely on crosses into the box for a traditional Number 9 to get on the end of. But one ex-Arsenal star disagrees.
Ray Parlour has just named the strikers that Edu should do all he can to sign for Arteta this summer to compete with Jesus for the Arsenal No. 9 role in their starting lineup next season.
“I also think a new centre-forward is vital for Arsenal next season, I really do. A player who I’ve always said would do well at Arsenal is Ivan Toney. Whether Arsenal can get him given his ban is another matter, but I would be trying really hard to see if there was any chance of a deal there.
“”He’s really impressed me for Brentford – his work rate and he’s always in the right place to nick a goal. Bringing in Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan would also be perfect, he’s the sort of striker Arsenal need to sign,” said Parlour on Net Bet as quoted by the Mirror. “I know Gabriel Jesus has been excellent this season; he had that long spell out injured, but he needs to score a few more goals for Arsenal.”
“Eddie Nketiah has done well when he’s been asked, but you need that competition up front for places. We played with four top strikers in the Invincibles team: Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Kanu, and Sylvain Wiltord. We even had Francis Jeffers a little before that, so we had five strikers!”
“So Arsenal definitely need another striker. Any player in the mould of Lautaro Martinez, if he’s interested in coming to Arsenal, then Edu will be working to do the best deal for the club.”
Arsenal has reportedly long admired the Argentina international, who is now having his most outstanding season with Inter, scoring 20 league goals in 36 games. They first attempted to sign him in 2021 but failed. Few excellent attackers are available; most are committed to their current ventures, so anyone who appears on the transfer radar should be considered. Arsenal’s attack could be unmatched with Martinez or Jesus as options for the striker role next season.
Do you think we should go for him?
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Whichever striker we sign should have Balogun as his competition. Although I don’t see us signing a striker (not seen as a priority) or even Rice (too expensive)
Agree with you @ dgr8xt
Balogan has not been given a chance except for the Ist game against Brentford in the previous campaign where we were decimated by injuries.
Agree about Rice as well being too expensive.
Ist tier would be Caiceido or Onana. 2nd tier would be Billy Gilmour and Lavia @ Southampton.
Billy gilmour 🤨, are you kidding me, I’m not even sure what Arteta sees in Rice, I would prefer Urgate or Dennis Zakaria, DMs that dribble and pass the ball well,
As for a striker, Calvert/Ivan toney is fine, we already have Jesus,who can play exactly the way Alvarez plays behind Haaland,
Arteta needs to trust and twerk his formation more next season.
I agree with you about Rice. I do not rate Zakaria. Urgate is someone I am not sure in the PL. Tend to go with PL ready players.
I have stated 2nd tier and yes that is Billy Gilmour and he has been snapped up by Brighton who have an eye for talent. He can easily play a double pivot role.
As for Toney I agree with you but not convinced by Dominic Calvert-Lewin who I do not rate.
Better than that would be to get Mitrovic or Alvez Morai from Fulham.
Arteta definitely needs a plan B and a plan C to win anything (even the cups).
I say with conviction that UNLESS we bring in a specialist PROVEN goal scoring striker this summer – and he needs to be top class , not any silly suggestions like Balogun or Calvert- Lewin – then we can forget a serious title challenge.
Toney would have done fine but cannot play til next JANUARY, thus ruling him out of serious suggestions as to whom we might get!