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Report: Arsenal offered chance to sign free-agent striker to replace Aubameyang

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According to a report from TeamTalk, Arsenal have been offered a chance to sign former Porto striker Ze Luis.

The Gunners are really short up top after we let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave. Mikel Arteta only has Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah as out-and-out strikers at the moment, which may not be enough.

Arsenal tried long and hard to sign a new number nine in the January transfer window. Dusan Vlahovic was our main target, but a deal just couldn’t be done. With the transfer window closed now, our only hope of a new striker is if we sign a free agent.

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Arsenal have been offered a chance to sign Ze Luis

The report claims that Arsenal are among a number of clubs who have been given the opportunity to sign Ze Luis. Multiple sides in Turkey are in talks with him already, but his agents are trying to get him to the Emirates.

Ze Luis is currently a free agent after leaving Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow last month. In his fifteen months at the RZD Arena, he only played 16 times and managed to score just one goal.

The 31-year-old has played over 250 games in his senior club career with his best spell coming in Russia, not with Lokomotiv Moscow, but their fierce rivals Spartak, for whom he scored 35 goals and provided 24 assists in 109 games.

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Should Arsenal sign him?

Arsenal could really do with a striker now.

Alexandre Lacazette has scored just three goals in the Premier League all season, while Nketiah is yet to find the net in the competition. If that doesn’t change in the remainder of the season, our Champions League hopes will almost certainly be over.

However, Ze Luis is not the player who will make a difference even if we sign him.

The Cape Verde international has played less than 2500 minutes of football since the start of the 2019/20 season. He is nowhere near the player he once was at Spartak Moscow and it makes absolutely no sense to sign him, even if he’s available for free.

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