Arsenal tried really hard to sign a new striker in January but all we managed to do was let two of our own leave.
The Gunners started the new year with four options up top – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun. We let the latter join Middlesbrough on loan, while our former skipper’s contract has reportedly been terminated and he’s now at Barcelona.
Our failure to sign a new striker could really cost in the next few months. However, what’s done is done and we need to start our planning for the summer right away to avoid the same mistake again. Here are five centre-forwards we think Edu and Mikel Arteta should look at – apart from the obvious options of Alexander Isak and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Five strikers apart from Isak and DCL Arsenal should consider in the summer
The Napoli striker has been linked with a transfer to the Emirates in the past but a move didn’t happen then. However, he should be high on our shortlist in the summer transfer window.
Osimhen has missed 13 games in all competitions this season due to injury. However, that hasn’t stopped him from netting nine goals and providing two assists in just 12 starts in all competitions. That is a very impressive return.
The Nigerian is still only 23 and his best days are ahead of him. His potential is absolutely massive and he could be a sensational signing for us to replace Lacazette.
Lille star David has been absolutely fantastic this season. The Canadian has scored 16 goals in all competitions this term, including 12 in Ligue 1 at an average of a goal every 136 minutes. That is a better record than Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi in the French top-flight this term.
David, like Osimhen, has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past, but a deal never materialised. However, his agent has reportedly met with Edu Gaspar to discuss a potential move, which means that he is being considered. (Football London)
The 22-year-old would not be the target man we’re looking for, but he’s still a fantastic striker. He’s rapid, extremely composed in front of goal and is not too bad at linking play up either. He would be a really good option for us.
Most of you probably didn’t expect to see Schick on this list, but he would be a very interesting option.
The 26-year-old, after his hugely disappointing spell at Roma, has become a star in Germany. He has scored 18 goals and provided three assists in just 21 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen this season, averaging a goal every 82 minutes, which is an absolutely outstanding return.
Schick would be the aerial threat we’re looking for and his hold-up play is fantastic as well. He may not be anywhere near the top of Arteta and Edu’s wish list, but he’s definitely someone we should keep an eye on, especially if he continues his form until the end of the season.
Like everyone else on the list, Scamacca is a really exciting option for most other clubs in the summer transfer window.
The Italian, still only 23, has scored nine goals in a little over 1100 minutes of football in Serie A this season. Tipped to be the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic by people in his country, Scamacca could be exactly what Arteta is looking for.
Standing at 6ft 5in tall, the striker, predictably, is fantastic in the air and his hold-up play is really good as well. His potential is humongous too and it’s only a matter of time before he moves to a bigger club. Arsenal should definitely keep an eye on him.
The only option from the Premier League on the list, Toney may not be the superstar signing that Arsenal fans are hoping for. But, he could be an excellent option for us.
The Englishman, in his first-ever season in the Premier League, is proving to be a handful to every defender in the country. He has scored seven goals and has provided three assists for Brentford, which is really impressive.
Toney should definitely not be one of our top options in the summer, but he is someone we should keep an eye on if we can’t get the deals for our key targets over the line. He could prove to be a very shrewd signing by Arteta and Edu.