Ex-Gunner says they “have got to go and get” World Cup star

Former Arsenal man Paul Merson believes his former club must sign Cody Gakpo after his stunning form for the Netherlands in the ongoing World Cup.

The PSV attacker was close to moving to the Premier League in the summer, with Leeds United on the verge of adding him to their squad before the transfer window closed.

He stayed in the Netherlands and has become a key man for his country at Qatar 2022, making even bigger clubs consider a move for him after the tournament.

Arsenal is now seriously in the race for his signature and Merson believes he is one player they simply have to sign.

He tells Express Sport:

“Arsenal have got to go and get Cody Gakpo after Gabriel Jesus’ knee injury. They’ve got to go and get someone. They’ve got a free swing.”

Adding: “They need to go and get someone. This is the first time since 2004 that they’ve had a serious, serious chance of winning the title.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Gakpo has clearly been in superb form in the last few weeks of the World Cup and his performances show that he is a top player in the making.

Regardless of the stage his country leaves the competition, he will get top clubs looking to sign him and we probably should add him to our squad in January instead of waiting until the end of the season.

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  1. Cody has been getting lots of raves but am afraid I haven’t seen enough of the lad to make an intelligent assessment.

    I said on another thread it would be easier for Oliver Giroud to make a sensational return to Arsenal than Ronaldo to join us, really admire the lad.

    Much has been made of how Ronaldo takes good care of his self and of he’s been the ultimate professional footballer, but a player have seen in the same vain but without the drama and egos is our own Oliver Giroud.

    Left a few seasons ago to accommodate Auba, lays the ultimate professional footballer Oliver Giroud, what a character.
    Still being able to hold his own against the very best of modern strikers on the planet today.

    Giroud France will face off with England this Sabbath and whatever the out come I want to wish one of our own the very best.

  2. As a very short term option, I agree, Giroud would be great.

    Yes, he’s not as fast as most, however his ariel ability and hold up play is pretty much on its own amongst other strikers.

    He can play with his back towards goals 40-50 yards out and has the intelligence to bring others into play.

    He is totally underrated and as a short term option, id welcome him back.

    Plus with his heading ability – think of all those crosses Saka and Martinelli (and the rest) can tee up for him

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