Odsonne Edouard is exactly the man to fix Arsenal’s problems (Opinion)

Arsenal are struggling up front for one reason or another this term, and I pray that Odsonne Edouard can come in to fix them.

The Celtic star has failed to live up to his amazingly high standard this season, while he has also been in-and-out of the team this term.

The Frenchman has supposedly been struggling with injuries this season, but even when fit he has been rotated, and I can’t help but feel his time in Scotland is near to the end.

Edouard was strongly linked with a move to the Emirates early in 2020, which was no surprise given the vast amount of goals and assists he racked up during the previous campaign, but the Gunners seemingly failed to offload Alexandre Lacazette.

Fast forward to November and the team as a whole is struggling for goals. Our only goal from our last of our Premier League matches has come from the penalty spot, and eyes are very much on what Mikel Arteta does next to rectify it.

Laca has less than two years remaining on his current contract, and I struggle to believe that recent months will have persuaded Arsenal to priorities extending that with improved terms, and I don’t think it would be totally unreasonable to consider his exit in the new year.

While I don’t believe Lacazette is the main reason why we are struggling for goals, he could easily be bettered, and Edouard would be a great replacement.

The 22 year-old appears to have given up on giving his all for Celtic after the club refused to allow him to move to England this summer.

Edouard banged a hat-trick in his opening league appearance this term, before missing the disastrous Champions League qualifier which saw them drop into the Europa League.

He now only has two goals since his side dropped out of the main European competition, but has actually failed to score for his club since the English transfer window closed in early October.

Odsonne did fire his side to qualify for the Under-21 European Championships with a brace on Monday, with his side needing to beat Switzerland to leapfrog them into top spot, and the rightly received the plaudits for it.

The youngster now sits joint-top of the all-time goalscoring records for the France U21 side, and he must have his head set on moving up the career ladder.

Oddschecker reported that Bookmakers were forced to jig their prices on the striker’s move this summer, having previous had Arsenal as favourites, before a raft of stories led to the belief that one of Leicester City or Aston Villa could be set to capture him, and I can only assume that his want for a move has affected his form for his current club.

Could Arsenal persuade Celtic to part ways with Edouard should he continue to appear unmotivated in Scotland? Would our move evolve around Lacazette’s possible move?

Patrick

Tags Alexandre Lacazette Odsonne Edouard

16 Comments

  1. speedy says:

    We have fine attackers but midfield is lacking creativity. edouard would be a fine addition but signing another forward is not really the problem ATM.
    Sign l3wandoski he would struggle for goal in this team.

    1. Atid says:

      Agree he would be a decent replacement for lacazette, but have to agree with speedy. Arteta using a back 3 makes us as exciting as Southgate’s England.

      We need the luxury of a creative player in the middle. If he is going to use 3 at the back then he needs to proper use wing backs in a 352 if not revert to a 4213

    2. Thomo says:

      Failed to live up to standards struggling with injuries yeah sounds good let’s sign him up

  2. jon fox says:

    I predict this season wil be LACA”s last one in our shirt. There is IMO, zero chance of him being asked to sign a new contract and so he will be sold while he still retains some sale value, for near certain.

    Given Kroenkes uncaring attitude to the club he misowns, I see no possibility of any serious money being spent on a new first team level striker and with MARTINELLI being fairly soon fit and Nketiah developing fast, we will have those two, plus Auba as our three strikers, with perhaps Balogun getting closer to a real chance also. More likely though, he will be sold next year , even in JANUARY, and the money raised used to bolster our still pathetic midfield and a still poor defence.

  3. Grandad says:

    We already have a talented young centre forward who is setting records at under 21 level but has yet to flourish in the EPL.Our money would be better spent in other areas particularly with the likes of Martinelli on the road to recovery.Edouard is very good player with excellent technique and movement but he is not the finished article by any means.

  4. Sue says:

    Speaking of U21s:
    Arsenal academy defender Mark McGuinness made his Ireland u21 debut today, in a 2-1 win over Luxembourg. He assisted the winning goal….

    Really pleased for him and really excited about this lad….👍

    1. lcw says:

      The more the better Sue. We can’t just keep buying other teams “has been” or overly expensive. . Our nest bets and cheapest way is to grow our own.
      👍👍👍👍👍👍

      1. Sue says:

        Spot on, Icw 👍👌

      2. amo says:

        that is man…..buy buy…get the academy boys going. they are very good. give them time to develop within the first team.

  5. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    This Odsonne Edouard could jell at the Gunners if signed in January by Arsenal for option and cover for the no. 9 centreforward position in the team.

    But signing him should not necessarily Leads Arsenal to sell their established specialist striker Lacazette who is currently struggling for regular goals scoring in the PL for his club Arsenal. Nor sell their developing first teamer striker Nketiah neither, who hardly score goals for Arsenal his club in the PL.

    After the international football break that ends today Wednesday for the time being which will allow PL football action to resume this weekend. And Arsenal will be at away to Leeds Utd in the PL playing but who knows, Lacazette might rediscover his lost regular goals scoring form for Arsenal in the match to start scoring goals again for Arsenal with regularity to it this season as from Arsenal away match to Leeds on Sunday.

    Arsenal could next Sunday at Leeds start steadying their some what looking rocked ship in the PL this season from getting further rocked by beating Leeds Utd to the collection of all the 3 points that will be at stake in the match.

    And Aubameyang who is currently having a rocked campaign for Arsenal in the top flight this season could find his regular goals scoring form in the match for Arsenal that is currently looking to have deserted him and bangs in some goals against Leeds for Arsenal.

    Lacazette too as a starter in the Leeds match and Nketiah as a substitute in it could both come good for Arsenal by scoring goals and give assists in the game for their team.

  6. Sue says:

    Our women are currently playing the spuds… 1-0 up – Miedema, who else?! 😁

    1. Sue says:

      Ended 2-2…. we won 5-4 on penalties… Alex Morgan – thought she was the best thing since sliced bread?! 😜 – missed her penalty…. 👍

  7. lcw says:

    “The Celtic star has failed to live up to his amazingly high standard this season”

    Providing they give us few millions on top and pay his weekly wages, we will be glad to take him.

  8. Mohsan says:

    I thought the board was delusional allowing the club to sign old and injury prone players but it turns out the fans are the same…..what is wrong with some fans?

  9. King Teddie says:

    Our biggest mistake will be selling Laca for this guy, our problem is the player to player behind all 3 front guys, if you watch our games you’ll know Laca is been forced to do that, he is an Elite CF material, he needs to stay in the box and stop coming back to the Mid, that’s what making him struggle. I also see some of you wanting Nkeitia to replace him lol, Nkeitia won’t even get into Fulham’s team, boys lacks talent as a forward. Smh

  10. Kaganovich says:

    He grids like Ousmane Dembele and shoots like PEA…
    He can get a job done..

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