Arsenal linked to forwards
Currently, Arsenal have several attacking options on their books. However, most could certainly be improved.
Alexandre Lacazette has been used as Arsenal’s main number 9 with Mikel Arteta. But the form of the French is often inconsistent. He is also 30 years old and, most importantly, he will not have a contract next summer.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another experienced center-forward option, but generally performs better on the left wing.
This leaves the inexperienced trio of Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli and Folarin Balogun. And the first of that trio will also be out of contract next summer.
As a result, it was not too surprising to see him. reported that the Gunners will try to sign a forward in the winter window.
Martinez comments on Watkins shows Arsenal’s perfect match
Meanwhile, more recently, it appears that Arsenal’s focus has shifted to be more local, with two of the Premier League’s best forwards linked to the North London side.
These players were Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa and Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton:
📰🗣️ Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins are on Arsenal’s roster as they prepare for the departure of Alexandre Lacazette.
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 5, 2021
Villa’s Watkins, of course, now practices his trade with former Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez.
And Martinez’s previous comments on Watkins show why Arsenal should look to sign the hit man. Speaking in 2020, the Argentine had the following to say about the forward:
“He has been extraordinary for us, not only in the goal and the shot, but also in his work ethic. It is a nightmare for defenders.”
Quotes via football, london.
Of course, the goal point is important, but it is Martinez’s comments on Watkin’s work ethic that show why the Englishman is a perfect fit at Arsenal.
As already mentioned, Lacazette has largely been used as Arsenal’s main No. 9 under Arteta, and while he’s not the most clinical striker, the Frenchman has appeared so frequently due to the amount of running / pressing he does.
So at Watkins, it looks like judging from Martinez’s feedback, it could do a similar job to Lacazette, only with a better end product.
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|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||6|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||6|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||5|
|Fernandes, Bruno||United manchester||4|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||4|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton and Hove Albion||4|
|Sarr, Ismael||Watford FC||4|
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|Benrahma said||West Ham United||3|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||3|
|Gray, Demarai||Everton FC||3|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||United manchester||3|
|Lukaku, Romelu||Chelsea Football Club||3|
|Calvert-Lewin, Dominic||Everton FC||3|
|Jota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||3|
|Hwang, Hee-chan||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3|
|Greenwood, Mason||United manchester||3|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||2|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester city||2|
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|Jump, oliver||Tottenham Hotspur||0||4|
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|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||0||3|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||0||3|
|Cooper, Liam||Leeds United||0||3|
|Norgaard, Christian||Brentford fc||0||3|
|Tarkowski, James||FC Burnley||0||3|
|Veltman, Joel||Brighton and Hove Albion||0||3|
|Brownhill, Josh||FC Burnley||0||3|
|Etebo, Oghenekaro||Watford FC||0||3|
|Djenepo, Moussa||Southampton FC||0||3|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||0||1|
|Fernandes, Bruno||United manchester||0||2|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton and Hove Albion||0||2|
|Jimenez, Raul||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||2|
|Gallagher, Conor||crystal Palace||0||2|
|Alonso, Marcos||Chelsea Football Club||0||2|
|Ward Prowse, James||Southampton FC||1||1|
|Pogba, Paul||United manchester||7|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||4|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester city||4|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||3|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||3|
|Saint-Maximin, Allan||Newcastle united||3|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea Football Club||3|
|Townsend, Andros||Everton FC||2|
|Benrahma said||West Ham United||2|
|Ings, Danny||Aston Villa||2|
|Toney, Ivan||Brentford fc||2|
|Jimenez, Raul||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||2|
|James, Reece||Chelsea Football Club||2|
|Azpilicueta, Cesar||Chelsea Football Club||2|
|Gross, Pascal||Brighton and Hove Albion||2|
|King, Joshua||Watford FC||2|
|Pereira, Ricardo||Leicester City||2|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trento||Liverpool FC||2|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||2|