Joe Cole and Gary Neville spark debate on who should be long term Aubameyang successor amid Arsenal’s search for new striker

Arsenal’s search for a new striker will continue well into the summer as the future of current striking options Alexander Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah remain uncertain at the club.

Also, the Gunners have not really been able to fill the void left by the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona and their attempts to sign the either of Dusan Vlahovic, Alexander Isak or Alvaro Morata proved abortive in the winter transfer window.

Several names apart from the aforementioned have been linked to the Gunners ahead of the summer including the likes of Lille’s Jonathan David.

Football pundits Joe Cole and Gary Neville have gone further to give their opinions on who Arsenal should sign and the former while on punditry duties for Lille’s clash against Chelsea in the Champions League last week urged the Gunners to go for the French club’s number 9.

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“He plays that beautiful, raw way – he runs on shoulders, good finisher, he’s a target man, he holds it up. All eyes of Europe are looking at him.” Cole said as quoted by

“A lot of his teammates’ performances have dropped this year and his have actually stayed and gone up. This is what he’s all about though, once he gets in behind he’s clinical, his touch is good, strong.

“He looks like a player who has even more levels to go up. I’m not surprised lots of Premier League clubs are looking at him. He scores off both feet, he’s a real talent.”

Fellow pundit Gary Neville does think otherwise as in his opinion, Southampton striker Armando Broja who is currently on loan from Chelsea would fit in nicely Arsenal.

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“Enormously impressed by Broja,” said Neville on Sky Sports via HITC as quoted by “He’s so smooth. When you look at him in the final third, I think the really top young players look well ahead of their years.

“They have more time on the ball than you think. They are really composed in their finishing. It doesn’t look like he’s sprinting because he is always in control. He knows what he is going to do and slows himself down in the final third.”

Signing Broja doesn’t look easy though, due to the fact that he’s a Chelsea player and the Blues would likely insert a buy-back clause if they are to sanction any sell. Hence, Canadian international Jonathan David seems a more feasible option for Arsenal.