As the January transfer window fast approaches, the importance of Edu’s job to resolve Arsenal’s striker situation mustn’t be understated.
Mikel Arteta has finally begun to reap some healthy returns from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this season despite a rough start.
While the pair’s form has boosted the Spaniard’s chances of clinching European football next season for the Gunners, their form has attracted attention from various clubs.
Football.london understands that Lacazette has no intention of extending his current deal at London Colney in light of Atletico Madrid’s increased interest, as per Spanish outlet Fichajes.
Meanwhile, Barcelona are desperate to sign a new striker following Sergio Aguero’s layoff due to a heart condition and Aubameyang is on their list, according to Catalan outlet El Nacional.
But, Lacazette and Aubameyang’s success at Arsenal over the years – past and present – has also highlighted the importance of Edu and Arteta finding the right replacements.
So, Tom Canton and Chris Davison spoke live on The Arsenal Way to discuss the prospect of the Gunners boss bolstering his strike force in January and whether the Gunners should sign a younger or older profile in doing so.
Davison kickstarted the discussion by noting how fans can’t rule out the signing of a striker before alluding to the transfer plan that Edu and Arteta have enrolled at the Emirates that could hint at the age of striker the Gunners recruit.
“You can’t rule it out [signing a striker in January] obviously,” he began. “This summer just gone has quite clearly indicated the route that we’re heading down with recruitment and the player we are identifying.
“Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ollie Watkins – they’re still young and they’ve got a lot of potential. They would offer something different to Arsenal.
“[Youssef] En-Nesyri who’ve we mentioned, he’s still quite young. Vlahovic at Fiorentina is still a young player and it’s clear to see he’s got no intention of staying put for now.”
Davison then added by highlighting the importance of allowing new arrivals to breathe to ensure they can continue developing.
“The only thing I would say when we are transferring from Lacazette and Aubameyang, who are in their 30s, to someone a bit younger is that it comes with some added risk.
“They’ll still have a lot of development to go through, they may not have that experience as such and maybe not so much composure in front of goal as the experienced players have.”
Davison then concluded by stressing how it is essential for Edu to find identify the perfect profile to pick up the reins from the Gunners’ veteran forwards.
“It’s something for the board to think about. We talk about bringing in cover for midfield over January or even in the summer but in terms of identifying the right fit, the right profile, the striker role has got to be seen as the priority.
“Lacazette and Aubameyang are two top quality strikers and they’ve been really important for us over the last two years so getting their replacements spot on is absolutely crucial.”