Three players make Edu’s shortlist as Arsenal search for a goal machine

Considering the amount of goals Arsenal has scored this season, it is hard to believe that they do not have a prolific striker like Erling Haaland in their squad.

Mikel Arteta’s side is at the top of the Premier League table on goal difference, having scored more than Liverpool, who have some of the best goal-scorers in the league.

The Gunners have been fantastic in front of goal in 2024 and can finish the term comfortably without the input of the often-injured Gabriel Jesus. However, they also know they need a goal machine in the group and will solve that problem at the end of this campaign.

A report in the Daily Mail claims sporting director Edu has now drawn up a list of targets and has a ten-man shortlist ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Mail reveals Edu’s shortlist includes Ivan Toney, age 28, Brentford, Alexander Isak, 24, Newcastle, Viktor Gyoekeres, 25, Sporting CP, Victor Osimhen, 25, Napoli, Lois Openda, 24, RB Leipzig, Benjamin Sesko, 20, RB Leipzig, Evanilson, 24, Porto, Brian Brobbey, 22, Ajax, Santiago Gimenez, 22, Feyenoord, Victor Boniface, 23, Bayer Leverkusen.

These are some of the top strikers in Europe at the moment, and the Gunners are expected to sign at least one of them.

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Although we have done well in terms of scoring goals, we must not overlook the importance of signing a new frontman as it could be the difference between success and failure next term.

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  1. quite frankly this ‘new striker’ is a Plan C

    I say that because Plan A, our current squad, is top of the goal scoring charts in the PL, scoring goals is not weakness that needs a urgent +£100m fix

    there are occasions, particularly against well drilled XI behind the ball ultra low block, when have struggled to unlock that style of defence (as do all by the way, that’s why they do it)

    I say a new striker is Plan C, because Arsenal already have enough versality and variety of formations and player to have a Plan A and Plan B

    since Plan A and B have been so successful (remember we are top after 28 games with most goals scored = successful) then by definition our Plan C ‘new striker’ will need to be content to only come on the pitch when Plan A and B are not working

    that’s right, come on to the pitch, i.e. a sub in the second half, not a starter

    some might be shocked at that

    but you would be crazy to change our strategy and formation to accommodate a ‘new striker’, or put another way, who do you drop for the ‘new striker’ to start?

    suddenly the ‘new striker’ at +£100m has new perspective

    e.g. is it sensible to pay +£100m and massive wages for Osiman or Toney to sit on the bench?
    who is dropped so they do play, and would that make us better?

    perhaps our recruitment will reflect that, reflect that a ‘new striker’ is not our absolute #1 priority, and the striker we choose needs to be content to be Plan C

    for that job I am not sure any mentioned above are better than a hungry Arsenal loyal Biereth and/or Ode-Martin who are ours for free

    save that £100m for world-class midfield to replace Partey/Elneny/Jorginho and allow Rice to thrive further forward

  2. umm, just checking the title of this article, which of the 10 listed are the 3 you refer to?

    3 is probably more accurate in terms of Edu’s shortlist otherwise 1 in 10 is a lottery come the summer, not really Edu style

    it would not surprise me if none of these 10 end up wearing an Arsenal shirt come August

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