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Arsenal find perfect double striker replacement to solve Mikel Arteta’s Folarin Balogun dilemma

Mikel Arteta’s striker situation is driving the conversation at Arsenal with the futures of all four natural striking options up for discussion.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s captaincy controversy continues to dominate press conference questioning, Alexandre Lacazette’scontract will be up at the end of the season but no renewal is in sight. Eddie Nketiah faces the same fate but Arteta appears intent on trying to keep him and Folarin Balogun looks set to leave on loan.

The complicated matter of who stays and who goes is not entirely within the club’s control and in some cases, even if they would be open to selling, Arsenal would need potential suitors to offer an appropriate deal that they’d be willing to accept. If any materialise of course.

Mikel Arteta’s striker situation is driving the conversation at Arsenal with the futures of all four natural striking options up for discussion.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s captaincy controversy continues to dominate press conference questioning, Alexandre Lacazette’scontract will be up at the end of the season but no renewal is in sight. Eddie Nketiah faces the same fate but Arteta appears intent on trying to keep him and Folarin Balogun looks set to leave on loan.

The complicated matter of who stays and who goes is not entirely within the club’s control and in some cases, even if they would be open to selling, Arsenal would need potential suitors to offer an appropriate deal that they’d be willing to accept. If any materialise of course.

With the plan from Arsenal to sign a new striker in the upcoming transfer windows, it opens the debate to whether a single signing can provide enough should all three of Aubameyang, Lacazette and Nketiah depart by the summer.

Realistically, if Arsenal returns to European competition, to expect a new signing plus Balogun with an unorthodox Gabriel Martinelli as the options at centre-forward would be far too thin in depth.

Therefore, the club would need to invest further. Finding the balance for the right signing would, however, be a challenge with a number of factors to consider.

The player would ideally need to cost a reasonable figure whilst having the quality level able to provide when called upon. His age profile needs to fall into the club’s strategy that would see tangible sell-on value in the future.

Their characteristics would need to provide different traits to that of Balogun and the marquee acquisition. Therefore, the player could be brought on in games where the Gunners need a different element to try and grab a goal.

Basel striker Arthur Cabral could be that very player. The 23-year-old Brazilian has been in excellent form for the Swiss side this season and has seen links with the Gunners already.

Cabral is currently on 27 goals in 31 appearances across all competitions, Cabral possesses traits different to that of the current Arsenal crop.

At 6’2 Cabral has a physical and aerial presence which make him a strong target man. His game is not limited to this however and his physicality is often used for link-up play hence why the striker has eight assists this season in addition to his goals.

Despite his taller frame, he is not lacking pace like many other lofty forwards. His one-two combinations with teammates often require a quick turn of pace to get away from defenders.

Valued at just £13.5m by Transfermarkt and with solely a year left on his deal come the summer, Arsenal may very well be able to secure the services of the former Palmeiras centre-forward for a reasonable price.

He wouldn’t block the path of Balogun having different traits to the 20-year-old and he would provide a varied option to the marquee striker the club would be looking to sign in the summer.

One for fans to keep an eye on and hope that the Gunners ramp up interest in the Basel forward.

 

 

 

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  1. Let´s forget about signing anyone meant for the starting XI in January. The really good players will likely cost way too much. What Arsenal do have is an opportunity to sign Haaland (EBH). If Martin Ødegaard really enjoys life in London AND Arsenal qualify for CL we can use MØ´s friendship with EBH to entice him to Arsenal… EBH is said to have a release clause in his contract that comes into effect in July 2022 which means Arsenal will have the necessary funds available to buy him. There is no need to rehash EBH´s qualities but releasing Auba and Laca will free up salaries about equivalent to what EBH can expect. BS7, MØ8, ESR10 and GM35(14?) with EBH9?… What a young, attacking threat. There is not a striker in the world I would rather have at Arsenal than EBH.

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