Should Arsenal make this England international striker our Number One target this summer?

Everyone in the world right now must be aware that Arsenal are desperately looking for a World Class striker to join Arteta’s project next season, and it totally makes sense to sign a hitman that is fully experienced in the Premier League and has even played alongside Bukayo Saka in the England team.

Step forward Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins, who scored his second goal for England in last week’s 3-0 win over the Ivory Coast. The Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate praised the Devon-born hitman after the game when he said: What you know with Ollie is that he is going to work defenders and is going to press people really well,”

“It gives us a different profile to Harry (Kane) and Tammy (Abraham), so he will be pleased with his week’s work.”

That recommendation sounds like Watkins has the exact profile that Arteta is looking for to complete our attacking line-up, and with 67 goals in 196 apearances with Brentford and Aston Villa he also knows how to find the back of the net.

26 years old isn’t too old to join Arteta’s revolution, but his experience and ability would be an excellent addition to our starting XI when Lacazette and Nketiah leave the Emirates this summer.

And not only that, but he is very keen to join Arsenal, as he and his family have always supported the club. After he scored twice against us at The Emirates last November, Watkins told TalkSport: “I’m not sure my granddad or uncle Baz are going to be too happy! They are Arsenal fans and I am an Arsenal fan myself – but I’m buzzing. I am sure they will love it really. I am over the moon.”

So I am certain Ollie would jump at the chance to join us if Arteta and Edu work their magic in the summer.

Who else thinks that Watkins would be perfect for Arsenal?

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  1. We need some one with goal rate of atlist 15 to 20 per season, bcz it’s goals that always makes the difference.

  2. No for me as for Ollie Watkins I’d rather have rashford than him but that’s my oppion , but my main striker arsenal should try get is Timo Werner he’s sitting warming the bench and hardly playing due to Lukaku and co, honestly buy Werner if you have sense ,spend everything just to get him at arsenal we won’t regret it but that’s my oppion just remember his Leipzig days omg goals goals and another player I’d try get is German defender klostermann top class

  3. No. He’s not a prolific goal scorer. Why consider him?
    Dennis and Ivan Toney are better than him.
    Even better to get Mitrovic from Fullham. He has a lot of PL experience and is really scoring the goals now.

  4. My preference would be luka jovic or ivan toney. Both will suit better in this team. It’ll be great if jovic can revive himself at arsenal. One of the most complete forward if he can get his confidence and his oldself back. Imo, he’s in the mould of Lewandowski. Ivan Toney’s really an underrated st. Intelligent player and always improving. I’ve been following him for quite sometime. He’ll surely top the league next season. Just my opinion. Where’s GAI?

  5. I think Arsenal are not yet in the next summer players transfer window mode. For, I think they haven’t switch ON to it to seriously considered a world class striker signing. Which currently looks to be the very important piece that is missing in the gisaw of current Gunners first team squad that is in the deep end battle campaign to finish in the top 3 or 4 this season.

    Nevertheless, I believe that Arsenal have a wish list of strikers which they could improved on it as time goes on by adding more names to the list when they see a deserving name who they xonsider is worthy of being added to the list.

    But I think Arsenal have not pindown any world class striker’s name who they will like to sign in the coming summer window.

    By and large, i think Arsenal have not switch ON to next summer transfer window mode at this stage in the campaign with 10 very important matches left for them to play which they at the moment focusing on them. As they are pushing hard to get a UCL spot this season to play in it next season.

    The pushing that suffered a blip at Selhurst Park agains Crystal Palace last Monday night. But which MUST be addressed by Arsenal to return things in the team to under control at the Ems on Saturday when the Gunners play host to the Seagulls in a match that they MUST win to quickly return to the winning ways. But will Arteta start Eddie Nkethia in that our Brighton match instead of him to start the regular starter Lacazette? Who contributed nothing to Arsenal game against Crystal Palace. And also start Martinelli in the left wing. While ESR takes over the NO 10 role behind Nkethia from the ineffective Odegaard who missed a gilt edge scoring chance for Arsenal at C Palace. Though, ESR also fluffed his lines for Arsenal in the match. But I think he will redeem himself by scoring and gives assist for Arsenal in home match against Brighton.

  6. Arsenal should be trying to sign Khvicha Kvaratskhelia too. Huge potential. Will be one of the best in the future. Unbelievable skills and football iq. Remember the name

  7. Watkins never,

    Why can’t we get Richarlison and Ivan tony, and spend the bulk on our midfield,

    Our midfield needs world class revamping,
    Get Kalvin, Nkunku and Goncalves.

    What’s the point getting a striker when the midfield is leaking,
    Odegaard and Xhaka cant stop ordinary Bissouma, yet we want a striker,

    The defense is about 70% okay, let’s ensure the midfield is 70% okay also , then goals will come in.

  8. Nah, useful but we have to be more ambitious.

    Arsenal must now target a goal God at all cost.
    Their will be no time better to do it than in the summer, if we need to break the bank so be it.

    My choices are well documented

  9. A top top striker will depend on several things yet to play out.

    CL football is a major selling point for incoming players, Europa doesn’t hold nearly the same appeal.

    Tactics and style of play. Currently our system does not match a striker who thrives off space and movement, and direct attacking play.

    Thirdly, I agree without boosting the midfield, any striker is going to struggle to score with our system of play. Auba dried up here, scoring again at Barca. Laca and Nketiah are toothless, and anyone else I doubt would fare any better.

    Dusan was Juve bound, but can we honestly say we had anything here to tempt him to change his mind?

    No guarantee of CL football, weak midfield, system of play that is not direct or attack oriented, and everyone is expecting the next striker to be some sort of savior leading us to PL glory.

    I was hopeful he would, but not surprised he did not come to Arsenal. I felt the club wasted too much time stalking and chasing a player who was not interested as relayed to us by his agent.

  10. Osimeh, Isak, Cody are priority. Nunez will work as well. Also Jovic is there.

    Priority wise, need a proper number 9 first like Osimeh, Isak or Nunez or Jovic, and another someone like Cody who can fill in multiple roles.

    1. Isak??????

      25 matches in La Liga with 5 goals and 2 assists….why on earth would you want a striker with those stats in an easier league?

      1. I agree, I have never been convinced with Isak. We need someone who can score goals now, not a 70 million pound project for the future.

        If he is struggling to score in the Spanish League, then forget about scoring in the Premier League.
        I sincerely hope he is not one of the considerations to fill the striker position.

  11. There is no doubt the recent lost has caused most of us head to be down maybe it’s the manner, why our spirits are dampened.

    We must not forget the direction we want to go and path the gaffer take
    is clear, am more concerned about our recent injuries as oppose to the lost at Selhurst Park.

    The squad is outrageously thin and as a result does not offer quality options, so the impact to our style will be affected, one could argue that it was by design, but that too is up for discussion as it could well influence our indulgence in the transfer market in the summer..

    Less focus will now be on us as Spuds grabs the spot light.

  12. Watkins for us? It depends on HOW ambitious we are. Watkins is a half decent Prem second striker but plainly NOT anywhere near the real top class striker we need.
    If you settle for second best, then say “yes, he is for us.”
    Personally, though he is half decent, and I stress HALF, he is nowhere near the answer to what we REALLY need.

    However, if you ask would I prefer him to LACA , yes I would, in a heartbeat! LACA is pants, IMO

    1. Jon we share similar thoughts on the matter of Laca as a striker.

      I also agree I would prefer Watkins as a second choice striker over Laca. The much talked about leadership of Laca is replaced with the leadership of Tierney or Odegaard who have also worn the captain’s armband for their national team at some point; Odegaard currently the captain of Norwegian National team.

  13. Ivan Toney for me, he’s playing in the premiership , he doesn’t have to settle in to a different country and culture, reminds me a bit of Adebayor…

  14. Watkins wont come cheap, same goes for Dominic Calvert Lewin.
    Aston Villa and Everton may ask for 60m for these average Strikers.

    I would rather we go for Sebastien Haller of Ajax.

    Also, Martinelli should play as CF next season. he is being wasted on the flanks.

    We should sign Bissouma and Gnarby in the summer as well.

    Arteta needs to imporve on his man management skills and utilise the squad. There were games when Nketiah should have started ahead of Lacazette and Pepe ahead of Saka.

    Pep rotates. Klopp also rotates. But Arteta has overplayed Saka to the extent that he looked tired and ineffective in the last match.

    My wish list in the summer


    Guendouzi(Seems Arteta doesnt like the guy)
    Reiss Nelson


    Haller(A target Man)

    1. I’m hoping for martinelli and bolagun for the long term too but i don’t think nketiah will be staying. He would be better developing himself in mid table team. Martinelli should stay on the flank for atleast a season or two more. Let him master that inside frwd role like cr7. Bolagun will really be a cracking of player if develop well and don’t forget mika biereth too we have a lot of exciting young fwrd/mf from the academy but we’re not playing fm here. So a proven st is really needed if we want to compete in epl n cl. Keep laca for a season or two more. He might want to prove his worth if we get a decent st. The jovic of Frankfurt really fun to watch. Ivan Toney’s understanding of the game is really underrated and i reckon he’s a better team player. Agree with you Marty, he’s playing style almost the same as Adebayor. Not really a flashy st but doing his job decently. I prefer him of the two for short term because he’s a proven epl striker already. We don’t want to hinder our young fwrd development too. I’m hoping mikel and guendouzi can sort things out between them. What a waste to let a player of his quality leave. Have the potential to be world class b2b. Just my opinion. The management should always know better. Cheers

  15. Watkins is a fine player but I don’t see Villa letting him go in the summer

    All other strikers mentioned in posts are good shouts too, I particularly like Atangana’s call on Mitrovic, hard to ignore that level of goalscoring and more potentially available than many others mentioned

    A month or so ago I was saying similar, link Mitrovic up with Bamford (who is also potentially available), keep Eddie and bring Balogun back to make up the 4 to start the season and then keep looking for January, now I’m not so sure, although I still think Bamford would be a good buy

    It is going to be the most difficult test for Arteta & Edu that they have had together so far, it’s likely that both Laca and Eddie will both go and we will be shopping in a difficult market for potentially three or four strikers in the summer, with lots of tricky criteria to meet for them to be successful within what has already been created

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