Ex-Gunner says Arsenal needs Newcastle striker

Emmanuel Petit has expressed the view that Arsenal could greatly benefit from acquiring Alexander Isak, the Newcastle United striker, as they work on reshaping their squad and aiming for a successful season.

As part of Arsenal’s ongoing efforts to restructure their team following a productive 2022/2023 campaign, they have been actively considering several potential signings.

Although Mikel Arteta’s team has already added quality players to their squad during this transfer window, more additions are anticipated before the window concludes.

While Arsenal seems to have strengthened various areas, Petit raises a pertinent question: Can any of their current strikers consistently deliver 20 Premier League goals per season? It appears unlikely.

Given this, Petit has advised Arsenal to seriously consider the acquisition of Isak.

He said, as quoted by Football London:

“Alexander Isak is tall, aggressive and has great technique. He wants to score every time he gets the ball but he needs to be more precise in his game. Physically and technically, he has a huge presence on the pitch. If one day someone can tell me that he plays like Thierry Henry, maybe I will believe them, but for the moment it’s really too soon to say that.

“He’s a good striker and he’s someone that Arsenal would be very happy to have because he brings different qualities. Jesus and Nketiah play in a similar way, they are different in terms of movement, but physically, technically and in their finishing they are not far apart.”

Just Arsenal Opinion 

We have a squad that could win us the league and other competitions, but we probably should consider another striker.

None of our current options can score up to 20 goals and that could be the difference between winning and losing the league. 

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  1. I don’t mind having him in our team but we’ve got havertz so he is of no use to us and besides the toon are on the up and building i don’t think he’d want to leave now plus game time and starting place is more assured at newcastle than here with us which means he’d rather stay than seek a move hence a non story.

  2. Newcastle would never sell Isak at this time,
    Truly we need a CF like him, one who also wouldn’t mind rotation, Watkins would be a good fit, just my thoughts.

    Meanwhile the transfer window is almost closing, we are yet to clear out and bring in replacement for Timber.

  3. Just can’t see Arsenal signing a striker in this phase, what Arsenal need is another powerful box to box midfielder, maybe one that can as a full at times.

    Maybe someone like Eduardo Camavinga or Barella

  4. Heard Arsenal has put up Gabriel for sale in order to raise money.
    So I ask; is Gabriel the real price we’re paying for signing Havertz?
    Not a good one in any case.

    1. I hope that’s not true (I’d be shocked tbh). He made a difference when he came on vs Palace and I think there’ll come a point during the season where we’re better with him in the starting lineup. He can be too emotional at times, but his passion can also be inspiring.
      Also, white and saliba are very similar in style, whereas Gabriel is a very good aggressive, front foot CB – certainly the best we have of that type.

  5. Why didn’t Arsenal sign Isak when he was available for signing? But are now advised to sign him this summer. But at what transfer fee cost (colossal ?) will Arsenal pay to sign him when he has already joined Newcaste? Besides, would Newcaste entertain any bidding from any club side attempting to sign Isak from them this summer? I doubt if they would. Moreso as Isak has not told Newcaste that he wants to leave them to join another club.
    Moreover, would Isak even fit-in into Arteta’s Arsenal project? I don’t see Arsenal sign any new striker or player however top quality he is but who didn’t fit-in into Arteta’s game playing philosophy and his Arsenal project execution and implementation that are ongoing at the club.
    Otherwise, Arteta would have kept Folarin Balogun in his team this summer. But will not want Aesenal to sell him for £50-70m to any buying club side who want him this summer, has Balogun fit-in into his Arsenal project that He’s trying to implement to make Arsenal return to the promised land of winning titles this season and be winning them again and again henceforth with.

    1. My comment is about to my Arsenal to sign anew strike other than depending on Nkeitier and Jesus Arsenal need awold class striker,Jesus he is always anjuried man he cannot help the club the all season or other wise Balugon should stay at club.Last season Arsenal lost the premier league because of small squad

  6. Get Fati from Barcelona, they need money so could be available cheaply. Balogun+Tireny for Barella, and get a Tirney replacement.

  7. Newcastle are in the Champions League too! Why on earth would they sell Isak? For money? They have Arab owners, a good coach and things are looking up for them. No way they would sell Isak, they don’t need too.

  8. I’ve always liked Watkins at Villa and he certainly looked good last night scoring a hat trick, albeit against a poor Scottish team. With Villa wanting Tavares, perhaps Emery would do us a favour 😊

  9. Agree with petit that isak would be ideal for our team – just not a realistic option now. I’m not sure there’s anyone similar who’s available. Evan ferguson would be brilliant, and we probably could get him, he would cost the earth though.

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