Arsenal still need a back up to Eddie Nketiah, but who is available in January? Maybe Trossard….

Arsenal knew exactly what they wanted when it came to the winter transfer window. Arteta was eager to add fuel to the fire that is his attack. Mykhailo Murdyk, a Ukrainian attacking sensation, has already “presented himself” as this fuel.

Arsenal now needed to find a way to persuade Shakhtar Donetsk to part ways with their star. According to the latest reports, Arsenal is close to reaching an agreement with the Ukrainian side regarding the transfer of the 21-year-old. So, if Arsenal signs Murdyk, will they have effectively strengthened their attack?

Some believe no, because they believe Gabriel Jesus’ temporary void will remain unfilled. After Mudryk joins, Arteta may need to add another experienced centre-forward as backup to Nketiah.

At one point, Joao Felix was expected to join Arteta’s project, but the 23-year-old has chosen to join Chelsea so Arsenal should look elsewhere. The problem is that there are not many attacking reinforcements available this January despite Arsenal’s obvious need.

According to Football London, Arsenal may now try to outbid Tottenham for Brighton’s versatile forward Leandro Trossard, who could come cheaply now that he is the last six months of his contract.

Hopefully Arteta can be confident that his attack will still be effective with the return of Emile Smith-Rowe, but he is not really a cebtre-forward, although he could be tried out for size, as could Gabriel Martinelli.

So, if you were Arteta, who would you target after the Mudryk acquisition? Do you think Edu and Arteta can find us another “hidden gem”?


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6 Comments

  1. Come on, guys!

    1. It is not an undisputed fact that we need anybody at all to back up or replace Nketiah.

    2. Even if the club would prefer to play it safe, it is highly unlikely that a player who is in competition for its national team would be even interested in a move where he isn’t expected to play 1000 minutes a season, irrespective of the salary.

    3. The phrase “According to Football London…” isn’t equivalent having a reliable source behind it. It only means bull$hit.

    The club’s management are not full of cretins, and the player in our radar (according to rumor mills) are not eijits either.

  2. That is the conundurum, where are we going to find a good enough experienced striker who is going to be content to be back up to Eddie and then even further back in the pecking order when Jesus is fit again. It’s all very well for everybody to say we need a back up for Eddie but who….

    1. We need a striker:
      Who is:
      Good enough to fit into our team immediately, if need be
      Doesn’t take up game time for Nketiahs development and maybe later, also Balogun’s development
      Is able to join our hardworking and well knitted group of players
      He must be available now.
      Can’t really think of any, that fit the bill 😉

  3. Like I said on a different post, what we need is a different type of striker from what we have in Jesus and Nketia. A player like osimhen and vlahlovic will not need to be a third option after our striking duo but rather someone who could play with either one when we decided to mix things up a bit..That way, we can keep everyone happy..

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