Arsenal legend Lee Dixon has claimed that he’d take Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s replacement at the Emirates.
Mikel Arteta has pushed the Gabon star away from the side and it doesn’t look like he wants him back. Auba has been a fantastic player for us, but it really feels like his Arsenal career is over.
The January transfer window is right around the corner and if an offer comes in, there’s a good chance Arsenal will sell Aubameyang. If we do, we’ll need a quality striker and Dixon has backed Arteta to sign Calvert-Lewin.
Lee Dixon: Calvert-Lewin would be a good replacement for Aubameyang
The former Gunners defender told The Daily Mail: “I am pretty sure Arteta has his own idea on who he should have up front, and I’m pretty sure given what has gone on it is not going to be Aubameyang.
“Would I like to see Calvert-Lewin at Arsenal? I think yes. I think you’d struggle to get one of the top, top strikers like [Erling] Haaland.
“It would be a step up for Calvert-Lewin, no disrespect to Everton.
“I like him, I think he’s got potential to be as good as he wants to be. He is fit and athletic, he is strong and good in the air and a good finisher. I would take him.”
Should Arsenal sign DCL?
Most Arsenal fans would jump at the chance of signing Calvert-Lewin. The Englishman has improved immensely since the start of last season and he may just be the physical presence we need up top.
The Everton man isn’t exactly a like-for-like replacement for Auba. He’s not rapid like our former skipper, but his hold-up play is exceptional and the fact that he’d be a huge aerial threat in the box fills the void we have.
However, the big concern at the moment is his injury. Calvert-Lewin has been out of action since August and has already suffered a setback during his recovery. He is expected to return soon, but only time will tell if he can become the player he was last season.
A move in January is a risk considering his recent injury. The summer transfer window makes more sense, but if Aubameyang leaves next month and Calvert-Lewin is available for an affordable fee, we should go for it.