Don’t worry Arsenal fans – We have a glut of strikers coming through

A Striker Glut is Coming

For long, we’ve cried out for a striker like Alexandre Lacazette (when he was on form) and we got him. For long, we have silently wished for a striker of Aubameyang’s calibre. Then we got him, too.

Eddie Nketiah, who killed the youth league, got promoted and banged in two goals on his debut. He was the crown successor, groomed to take over at some point. Until Gabriel Martinelli this season. Bought for peanuts from Brazil and labelled as one for the future, the teenager immediately set about impressing in the preseason and challenging the “one for the future” label. In the glum of this season, the prodigy got his chances and took them so emphatically that Jurgen Klopp famously called him “a talent of the century” while Ronaldinho said he reminded him of O Fenomeno, the legendary Brazilian frontman.

Meanwhile, Tyreece John-Jules, who has played a friendly for the club, Sam Greenwood and Folarin Balogun are in the background, each threatening to burst through any moment now with Balogun scoring brilliant goals for fun in the U23’s.

Such a pileup of number nines make for a heavy headache for a club that prides in giving chances to their youth products with the problem being that there are just not that many chances to go around. Nketiah will surely see more action in the box while Martinelli also can play in the role. If Aubameyang stays on, both of our striking prodigies will need to be carefully managed in order to satisfy their appetite for game time as well as their development.

The likes of Folarin and John-Jules will likely go out on loan to lower league clubs. Not all of them will make it here but a few are guaranteed to. At Arsenal, we can only live up to our name and reputation for giving youngsters a chance.

Agboola Israel

4 Comments

  1. Almaria says:

    VERY GOOD NEWS

  2. Phil says:

    And not a single one proven to be a first choice replacement for Aubamayang. It’s all well and good having potential but we will need a finished artcle

    1. RSH says:

      Agree, Phil. I don’t expect 20 year olds to be hitting numbers close to Auba, but if they are going to start for us they need to be in the healthy double digits. Can we sure that Nketiah can do that for us next season? I think there are still plenty of questions surrounding his abilities in first team competitions. I know it is a lot of pressure for somebody so young, but that is what would be required to start for Arsenal. Arsenal has always had top strikers and whoever replaces Auba will need to continue that trend.

  3. jon fox says:

    Fantasy thinking about this false “glut of strikers”. Not a shred of evidence and only pure biased hope in the article. The only one you list, Agboola, who definitely has real talent at the LEVEL we need is MARTINELLI. Nketiah is nowhere near ready if you are a realist, which YOU clearly are not. All the others are raw wannabee youngsters, miles from first team level. Get real and leave fantasy writing to the professionals, eg JK Rowling and that ilk.

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