‘Next level’ – Pundit claims potential Arsenal signing would be a real coup

Paddy Kenny has claimed that Dusan Vlahovic’s signing from Fiorentina would be a ‘massive statement’ from Arsenal if they could complete the deal.

The Gunners have huge question marks over the futures of all three senior strikers at present, with Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette both out of contract come the summer, and with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is currently away at the AFCON with Gabon, has recently been reported to have potential heart issues, while he had already been exiled from the playing squad in north London for the previous month regardless.

With all the above a cause for concern, a striker simply has to be a huge priority, if not now then even more-so in the summer, but waiting will surely just leave us even less power in negotiations, and we could well be held to ransom by one of our current trio.

There has been plenty of talk of late that we are closing in on a potential deal with La Viola for their young goalscorer Vlahovic, who found the back of the net more times in 2021 than Erling Haaland did, and former Premier League goalkeeper Kenny believes he would take Arsenal to ‘that next level’.

“He’s only 21, and for club and country, he has one in two, I mean, wow,” Kenny told the Football Insider.

“It would be one hell of a statement. It would be a massive statement for them.

“Arsenal have really picked up this season and putting a striker like that in the team might take them to that next level.

“I think they have been looking a bit toothless in front of goal at times.

“They are missing that top-quality striker that the other big six teams have.

“If they get this guy, and I think they can, it would be a massive, massive signing for them.

“He looks deadly and if he’s scoring that many goals in Italy there is a good chance he can do it in England as well.”

I’ve said for a while now that I believe that the 21 year-old is the real deal, and that he would be top of my priority list if we could have our pick of the options, but I’m not letting myself get ahead and believe that we are close to this one.

It could well be seen as a risk for him to come to England, and the fact that we are far from guaranteed to qualify for Champions League football for next season could be a big put off, but if he does believe in himself as he should, he should also believe that arriving while we are where we are, he should assure of us that place in the top four.


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  1. Complete and utter pipe dream. Dusan has on many occasions made it clear he doesn’t want to come to Arsenal.

    Next year he can probably pretty much pick his destination and pick any team he wants to play for. Why come to us mid-season with no guarantee of football on the highest level?

    I hope this is some ploy to get Isak on the cheap because we do need a striker now and we do need midfield reinforcements badly.

    Bissouma?? Could be a good signing.

    1. 64m will probably get him I think. One curve ball who would be cheap and a good plan B is Alexander Mitrovic I think he would do well at Arsenal

      1. what about his piss-poor numbers in the PL make Mitrovic a good plan B??? he’s a championship quality Striker, who in his last spell in the PL scored in September than not again until April…even for you this is a considerable stretch, which is really saying something

  2. If we can sign Vhalovic along with Bissouma we will challenge again very soon.

    Are we willing to spend big now?

    Florence will want big money but Torriera permanently along with £50-£60m should be enough but then need to convince Dusan to sign.

    Bissouma £40m being quoted, throw Eddie into the mix and we may get the price down. Palace only team really interested.

    £100m spent again after £150 in the summer. I don’t see it.

    1. What are these players going to bring in money wise;
      1. Bellerin £8m?
      2. Elneny (free in summer)
      3. Kola (free in summer)
      4. Laca (free in summer)
      5. Auba (300k wages) £15m
      6. Matteo (£11m Marseille)
      7. Dino (£4m Stuttgart)
      8 Lucas (bait for Vhalovic deal)
      9. Mari (loaned out, £4m?)
      10. Chambers (free in summer)
      11. Leno £15m?
      12. Eddie (free in summer)
      13. Chambers (free in summer)
      14. Xhaka £20m?
      15. Pepe £25m?

      Not that much for 15players.

      1. Some of your valuations are way more optimistic than realistic. We will get no club to pay a penny for Auba unless we agree to pay most or all of his wages. He is 32, not 22.

        Likewise XHAKA AND PEPE. NEITHER WILL REACH ANYWHERE NEAR YOUR HOPED FOR FIGURES. Both are on far too high wages and no club will take at anywhere near the fee you hope for.

  3. If we get him, I am sure he will look good on paper.

    However, on the pitch Arsenal will need to have a lot of the ball to create good chances for the lad.

    So we will need to win the ball in midfield against the stronger teams. The teams challenging us for fourth!!

    Maybe we could sell Xhaka to Roma to help offset the $50m Brighton want for Bissouma.

    Now that would be a transfer window to crow about!!!

  4. Why do some people comment as if they are not Arsenal fans or supporters? If u don’t have some thing good to say about Arsenal then keep silent. why make mocking statements.

  5. I don’t think he should be signed.strikers like him will struggle in epl because he can only score in free spaces which is really hard to come by in epl coupled with the physicality and pace.a no no for me.

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