Arsenal MUST sign a striker this summer

Arsenal are believed to be working on a new contract for Alexandre Lacazette, and I fear this will block any incomings up top.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed a new three-year deal last summer, and while we could well be open to his departure after his struggles with form on top of his unprofessional timekeeping, I struggle to believe we would find a buyer. His new wage may also mean we’d have a better chance of getting a jackpot at an online casino than finding a suitable buyer for him.

The club does appear to have given assurances to Folarin Balogun that he will be given more opportunities within the first-team, ensuring that he sign a new contract in North London as opposed to accepting one of numerous supposed offers for his signature from other clubs.

While all of the above will surely mean an exit for Eddie Nketiah, be it on loan or a more permanent option, it will also likely mean that we will be going into the new season without a new striker.

Auba’s return to playing centrally this season is definitely a negative for both Balogun and any prospective newcomer, but unless he makes a miraculous return to his former days, I can’t help but fear that Arsenal will suffer yet another mediocre season.

Odsonne Edouard would have been a great option at the price, and I can’t help but believe he is going to be a big hit with his next club (possibly Leicester City).

Without a new striker we will simply be relying on two of Balogun, Aubameyang, Laca and possibly Gabriel Martinelli to step up in the goal department next season, otherwise European football will be a big struggle to earn once again.

We are supposed to be trusting the process, but I didn’t know that meant that we had to believe that the manager will be able to get more out of the same group of players year-in year-out, when they’ve already filled us with enough disappointment for one season…

While my preference was to see the Celtic man come in, we have been linked with the likes of Ivan Toney and Andre Silva also, and while they would be exciting options, I believe either would need time to settle.

Lucas Perez was the last signing that we brought in as a striker, although we soon realised he was more use as a wide-forward, while many of our attempted signings in attack have ended up the same.

While the striker role isn’t one which is talked about as a priority this summer, I certainly believe it to be. Part of our stagnation has been the over-reliance on Auba, and we paid the price for that dearly this season, and I do not want to be entering yet another season with the same two main options in attack.

Have Laca and Auba earned the right to be relied on for another season?

Patrick

10 Comments

  1. DaJuhi says:

    Yes, we indeed do. Question is, what kind of a striker? Do we go for a poacher, a target man or an all-arounder?

    If we go for a target man, surely it should be Paul Onuachu of Genk. He’s actually quite quick for a big guy. Great hold up play and immense in aerials.

    2,01 cm tall, turns 27 soon, 35 goals this season in 41 apps.

    All arounder.. Andre Silva? 1,85 cm, 25 years old. Scored 29 goals and assisted 10 more this season in the Bundesliga. Apparently there’s a very low release clause in his contract (read that its less than 30m).

    Then, more of a speedy poacher: Patson Daka, Salzburg. 22 years old, height 1,85 cm. Amazing 34 goals and 12 assists this season in Austria, Champions League and Europa League. Cost apparently same as Håland, less than 20m.

  2. Davi says:

    If I could sell one it would be Auba – time to be ruthless there imo. Has been great for us, truly carried us with his goals, but I really think his time is up now.
    Laca can still do a good job but I wouldn’t be against him leaving either, however we’d absolutely need to replace his hold up abilities. Maybe Balogun can do that but we don’t want to be in a position where we’re reliant on him next season given his inexperience.
    Nketiah has to go. With all the best will in the world he hasn’t taken his opportunities with us and I think needs to take a step down for now. He’s got talent but just not quick or strong enough to be effective and his finishing has let him down – never feel he will score one on one when he plays for us, and he’s just looking for a scrappy goal or tap in, which isn’t enough unfortunately

  3. Grandad says:

    Having seen Edouarde on numerous occasions for Celtic , I very much doubt if he will make an impact in the EPL.He has been mediocre, in what is a very poor quality League, so the prospects of him shining in a League where defenders are better and quicker is remote.He will go to Leicester for around 20m because Rodgers worked with him when Celtic were still top of the tree in Scotland and initially he will be used as a back up for Vardy, who, like Auba, is in decline.A central striker who would do well with Arsenal is Raul Jimenez of Wolves who I believe has fully recovered from his unfortunate season ending injury involving DL.At 30 he could not be regarded as a long term solution for Arsenal but he is still a very capable all round CF.

    1. siamois says:

      Celtic will probably be looking for more than 25M for Édouard PSG have a 50% sell on clause he cost Celtic 10M not s big profit is it?

    2. Vinnie2000 says:

      Thank you, Sir!!
      Raul Jinemez of Wolves!! Rugged, strong and a clinical finisher!!
      We should snap him up!!
      Andre Silva of Eintratch Frankfurt is also a Goal scoring machine!!
      Dis is d kind of strikers we need to Win d EPL!! Diego Costa kind of Aggression!!
      Auba n Laca re very slow n both looks spent, sorry to say..

  4. Havyn says:

    Don’t worry your head. These guys, especially Edu will be looking for another retiring Brazilian may be Costa or another Kia Joorabchian player.

    Edu is crap and corrupt

  5. ozziegunner says:

    Pat, you have left out Nicholas Pepe in your assessment of sources of goals; strange given his contribution this season.
    Nicholas Moller is a tall target CF in the mold of Genk’s Paul Onuacha, as suggested by DaJuhi. He will be older and stronger next season.
    Unless Arsenal sells Lacazette or preferably Aubameyang (difficult due to the high wages millstone) any available transfer funds should be directed towards midfield (ACM, DM), RB and back up LB.

  6. Havyn says:

    Jimenez, good player but knowing Edu, at 30 he will offer a contract of 4yrs at 200k a week.

    Edu has to be replaced

    1. Vinnie2000 says:

      If Arsenal can snap up Raul Jimenez, will be Awesome!!
      Let’s forget abt dis 30 yrs talk..
      Dats hw we refused to sign Jamie Vardy in 2016 claiming he is 29yrs n will be faded d next season!!
      He has scored 80+ EPL goals since dat time..
      Also, Sir Alex Ferguson signed Van Persie@29 yrs and he led Man utd to the EPL title!!
      Raul Jimenez can do same for us, with one or two additions to the team, e.g Zaha and Bissouma!!

  7. RFrancis says:

    Not sure if we really need to sign a new striker this summer, but major changes are required in this area.
    We currently have two strikers with a joint age over 30 yrs earning a massive slice of team wages. How much did they contribute to team goal output? Very little. To make matters worse we now out of Europe.
    Drastic changes are therefore needed to re-balance the payroll by allocating more money for creative midfielders In this context, I would entertain selling both Auba and Laca if the price is right. I would replace them with a single striker to play alongside Balogun and Martinelli.

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