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Arsenal linked striker now deemed 'one of the biggest talents' in his league

With Odsonne Edouard potentially looking to exit Celtic this summer, it’s worth remembering Arsenal are in desperate need of a number nine.

The futures of two of their strikers in Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah is far from certain.

The France international is looking likely to leave north London in the summer with former club Lyon tipped as a potential destination, whilst the England youth international could be set to depart after Folarin Balogun’s new contract.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 23: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Livingston at Celtic Park on November 23, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He wouldn’t be the worst choice in the world for the north London side with Scottish pundits Darryl Broadfoot and John Hartson having waxed lyrical about the forward.

The former Arsenal player labelled the ace as ‘outstanding’, whilst Broadfoot claimed he’s ‘one of the biggest talents’ Scotland had seen for ‘many, many years.’

However, should the outfit be serious in attempting to sign the 23-year-old, they’d be facing mass competition. The likes of Leicester City, Aston Villa and Newcastle United are interested in signing him from the Premier League, whilst Serie A duo AC Milan and Napoli are also keen.

But stiff competition only comes about due to the Frenchman’s unbelievable ability, which has been on display since his move to Celtic in 2018.

Edouard has 83 goals and 37 assists in just 168 gaames since his move to Parkhead, and at 23-years-old would provide a brighter future than Lacazette and Nketiah.

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The veteran attacker hasn’t managed more than 19 goals across a season since his move from Ligue 1. And with Nketiah failing to provide the wide range of skills needed to make the grade under Mikel Arteta, the need for a replacement number nine is dire ahead of next season

With the recent financial implications from the Coronavirus pandemic making its mark on most teams across the country, there won’t be too much money for the Gunners to splash this summer.

In Edouard, a bright, young, talented, and potentially cheaper option has presented itself to the boys in red and white.

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