Scouting for Arsenal: We should poach this top young striker from London rivals

Arsenal has enjoyed a strong start to the season, sitting third in the Premier League, one point behind champions Manchester City but tied with Liverpool, who are second.

The Gunners have performed admirably, but they might use some reinforcements in the winter transfer window. They could use fresh legs in attack to boost their goal-scoring and hopes of winning the Premier League.

There have been rumors that they will sign a striker in the summer, which is understandable given their defense and midfield being as strong as they ought to be.

Of course, elite strikers like Ivan Toney have been linked. However, I have learned of one promising prospect I’d like Arsenal to sign. His name is Callum Marshall.

Marshall, an 18-year-old star for West Ham’s U-21 team, is one low-cost but high-quality striker Mikel Arteta should consider. Why would I endorse an unproven prospect? Because I believe that if Mikel Arteta has envisioned his ideal striker, he can coach this youngster into being “that striker” over time.

Marshall, in particular, is a raw talent who has been lighting up the Premier League 2 level with an astounding record of 13 goals and 2 assists in just 8 games (has 15 goals in all competitions). His outstanding form, particularly at such a young age, makes him an ideal prospect for Arsenal to sign and incorporate into their ever-expanding attacking squad with other developing stars like Martinelli, Reis Nelson, and Bukayo Saka.

The teenager’s current market value of €1 million, despite his status as an academy player, makes him an even more appealing prospect. Arsenal has a fantastic opportunity to jump in and capture his abilities before he gets professional, which might prove financially prudent. Investing in Marshall now could yield big benefits in terms of both on-field performance and prospective resale value. This striker has the potential to develop into a force.

In the fast-paced world of football transfers, grasping this opportunity could be critical for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal’s quest for long-term success.

Daniel O

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  1. “Why would I endorse an unproven prospect? Because I believe that if Mikel Arteta has envisioned his ideal striker, he can coach this youngster into being “that striker” over time”

    If Arteta is so talented at coaching young strikers into stars, then explain what happened to Balogun who would have been the only academy player Arteta integrated into the first team since taking over in 2019

  2. We are considering Ivan Toney as “Elite” now are we?
    And regarding Callum Marshall, yes he could be a hot prospect for the future but we need someone who is gonna be able to compete in the Champions League this season and next, not in 4 seasons.

  3. Well done Admin Pat, good article. I agree that we need good finds like Callum Marshall. He could be a future Alan Shearer plus he has a better under 21 record than Balogan and Nketiah. He is also a London lad, so travelling would not be a problem. We need world class potential young academy strikers and defenders for the future of Arsenal. We also may need to lean on Edu’s south American connections for potential world class academy talent if we can’t afford home domestic prices asked for young talent. // Saying that, will Arteta be the kind of manager to promote the academy players into the first team, some people will say he has and some will say he hasn’t yet. This needs to be a double edged sword of recruiting domestic and overseas potential world class talent as well as finding that ready made 20 goal a season tall strong TargetMan, that can create spaces, link up play, hold up the ball and also be a clinical Finnisher. It will be a hard find to get that ready made TargetMan, and it may cost Arsenal a player swap, plus a lot of cash to get this missing jigsaw piece we all know that Arsenal need right now. For the future though, Admin Pat is correct in that Arsenal should try and purchase this Local young striker.

  4. Recent rumors suggest that West Ham is eyeing a move for Serhou Guirassy, valuing the striker at around £15 million. However, Arsenal might just have an opportunity to swoop in and secure a proven striker who could add a new dimension to their attacking prowess.

    Guirassy, known for his clinical finishing and physical presence, has demonstrated his goal-scoring abilities across various leagues. His adaptability to different styles of play and his knack for finding the back of the net make him an intriguing prospect for our Club

    As West Ham weighs their options, Arsenal could capitalize on this situation and secure the services of a player who could hit the floor running. Guirassy’s ability to hold up play, win aerial duels, and contribute both in and out of the box could provide the Gunners with the missing piece in their attacking puzzle that Havertz was supposed to achieve.

    I feel the potential acquisition of Serhou Guirassy would be a better option than Marshall

  5. He maybe a Westham fan anyway and not want to leave the club for another. Also £1m purchase price seems a little cheap if he is under a contract with Westham. Good wishful thinking though.

  6. The most underperforming position at Arsenal is the striker position. With that in mind, a question has to be asked; why haven’t we seen some of the promising academy products tested when Jesus is injured and Nketiah underperforming? We let Balogun go knowing he’s likely to be a better player than Nketiah. We have academy products on loan, we have the under-21 strikers. ARTETA’s understanding of football is troubling because he seems to think age is the key determinant for performance, and that’s wrong. I bet he would never have allowed Haarland into his first team had he been at our academy. One looks at Liverpool, Man City and even Tottenham who show trust and confidence in their academy players, who in turn excel. Does it mean the Arsenal academy is below par by comparison?

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