Arteta is still looking for more reinforcements this summer. Arteta wants more competition in the squad.
Arsenal began their 2020/21 season in a very sharp note as they won 3-0 against Fulham at Cavern Cottage. Both the new signings have looked clinical – Willian assisting twice and Gabriel scoring with a header. Arteta’s plans looked to be a perfect reply to Scott Parker’s tactics.
The Gunners have plenty of defensive options now with Rob Holding set to stay at Emirates. However, the quantity of out-and-out strikers is rather few. Other than Aubameyang and Lacazette, Martinelli too isn’t a typical No.9.
As a result, Mikel Arteta is looking for a man who fits into his plans in that position. The good news is that the club already has one such player in their mind – Odsonne Edouard. The Celtic striker has impressed in Scotland and Arsenal will look to have similar such performances at Emirates.
Arsenal enjoying Aubameyang’s stellar performances
Arsenal was lifted to a Europa League last season by Aubameyang. The Gabon International finished second in the golden boot race with 22 goals in the Premier League. However, friction between him and the club increased as the season ended. (source: Premier league)
However, Arteta maintained that he and the club are “confident” of an extension – and it happened. The Athletic confirmed that a new deal is imminent and the 31-year-old has decided to stay put since.
As the season began, the striker played as if there was no interregnum. He scored once and made sure Lacazzete was covered well. However, Aubameyang is 31 – which is an obvious impediment to Arteta’s long term plans.
Who after Aubameyang?
Aubameyang to Arsenal is what Robin Van Persie was to Manchester United. Naturally, when the Dutchman left, the absence was significantly felt. As for Aubameyang, Lacazette is a probable substitute, with performance stats way below him.
In fact, Arsenal are still looking at an option to part ways with the Frenchman to secure Thomas Partey’s move from Atletico Madrid. But after the win against Fulham, he was full of praises for his current club.
“We won a title last month, so I am happy with Arsenal”, he told BT Sport after the match, adding that it was the press that said, “he wasn’t happy”.
The ‘Tierny Tactic’ to sign Edouard
Arsenal intends to look forward to clinical as well as young forwards. They did have Genk forward Jonathan David too in their shortlist, but that ended as the Canadian joined Ligue 1 side, Lille. As a result, they have turned to the same team they signed Tierney from – Celtic.
Keiran Tierney has been the perfect answer to Arsenal’s full-back troubles. Arteta is hopeful that a striker with 28 goals last season from the same former team will be a silver lining. As a result, the club wants to negotiate a deal similar to that of the Scot.
“It’s our information that there is an interest from Arsenal in Odsonne Edouard, France [youth] international striker currently at Celtic,” Ian McGarry, a reputed Football consultant said on the Transfer Window podcast. Other than Edouard, Arsenal are busy chasing midfielders Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar. Which one of them materializes is yet to be seen.