Gabriel Jesus, Darwin Nunez and Tammy Abraham: Ranking Arsenal’s 10 striker transfer targets
Arsenal will sign a striker or two in the summer. The Gunners have been connected to a number of players to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, and Eddie Nketiah.
Arsenal must identify a player or two who can boost them into proven Champions League participants and future championship contenders.Ten feasible solutions were rated based on quality, pricing, familiarity and experience, style, potential, and character. Ultimately, this is a subjective look at what is available.
Unlike many other players, the Brentford striker has adapted well to the Premier League. He’s helped Brentford survive their debut season in the Premier League.
Ivan Toney is a tall, fast forward with many qualities I wish Arsenal to have. His low ranking is due to his attitude towards the Bees. The forward has been caught on camera criticising his present club.
He’d be higher on sheer football talent. But I can’t ignore this and he’s eighth on my list.
Clearly, Atletico Madrid’s attacker is gifted. Joao Felix has had a good season at Atletico, but he has yet to show the promise that earned him a €100m transfer from Benfica to replace Antoine Griezmann.
Felix is an intriguing player, but his desire to play as part of a front two is my primary concern. In Diego Simeone’s squad, he usually plays alongside Luis Suarez, Angel Correa, or Griezmann. Arteta is unlikely to change its structure due to this.
Jonathan David is in the same boat. The Canadian’s recent slump in form works against him. He has one goal in his past 15 Ligue 1 games, bringing his season total to thirteen. The same as last year’s championship campaign.
David is a player that can press like no other. His vigour would captivate Arteta, therefore ranking him above Felix. But there are more skilled and reliable goal scorers available today.
Lautaro Martinez, for example, has demonstrated this year that he is more than a sidekick to Romelu Lukaku. In the same way as David and Felix, he has 16 goals and three assists for Inter Milan.
His performance as a number nine in the Premier League is unclear and increases danger. Like David, he plays centrally and alone for his national team, boosting his ranking. But the price pushes him beyond my next selection.
He’s been linked to Arsenal since he was a promising youngster at Palermo. While Dybala hasn’t scored as many goals as Lautaro, his eight goals and five assists for Juventus puts him ahead of Lautaro. But this isn’t the only reason.
Unlike the other strikers, Dybala can play as a striker, second striker, wide forward, or even offensive midfielder. He is 28 years old and has led Juventus on several occasions. He’d be a terrific addition to the Arsenal group, giving many of the rising players a role model.
Many can’t get beyond his Chelsea ties. While Arsenal have a horrible history of signing West London rivals, Tammy Abraham is an exception. To achieve elite status, he moved overseas, an unusual step for an England international.
Under Jose Mourinho, he has scored 24 goals and provided five assists. His size and number nine style meet Arteta’s requirements, yet he could strengthen his aerial game. Due to Chelsea’s inability to execute their buy-back clause, he may cost less than he otherwise would have.
Arteta may require a native, Arsenal-supporting, Premier League-experienced striker. His profile matches the Arsenal team, although there are some reservations regarding a transfer.
Darwin Nunez, outside Dusan Vlahovic, is the continent’s most exciting young striker. 33 goals in 39 games with four assists makes you wonder why no one has bought Benfica’s scouting system yet.
Not for his price, which is equal highest on the list at €80m, but for his current productivity and potential.
Style-wise, he fills a need at Arsenal. His aerial prowess and ruthlessness make him a dangerous opponent.
The most probable of the 10 forwards to come. Football.london knows Jesus is on Mikel Arteta and Edu’s shortlist. According to The Athletic, Edu and Jesus’ reps have been talking for a while.
The possibility for Arsenal to get a player who regularly features in Manchester City’s lineup, scores goals and creates opportunities, is too excellent to pass up. Arteta has worked with Gabriel Jesus before and understands how to motivate him. This might be a wonderful piece of business by the club.
Victor Osimhen is our €80m option. The Nigerian striker embodies virtually all of the qualities I feel Arsenal need in their star attacker. A clinical striker with a fast speed, physical presence, and consistency.
With just 23 years old, Osimhen’s potential is terrifying. He has demonstrated he can score goals in two of the top five divisions, so a transfer to the Premier League looks inevitable. So why not Arsenal, where he can cement his position as the Gunners’ number nine?
The fact that I can name a few players who didn’t make the top 10 highlights Arsenal’s options this summer.
It would have been unfair not to add players who have been connected and are available but have lost their attractiveness.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been out of form and fitness for Everton. Ollie Watkins has failed to build on a promising first season in the Premier League, and the asking price is too much for Arsenal just now. Alexander Isak has only scored five La Liga goals this season and has a €90m release clause.
Finally, in my opinion, is the best striker for Arsenal. Only Robert Lewandowski has more goals in the Bundesliga than Patrik Schick.
The 26-year-old is a late bloomer, but his struggles at Roma and RB Leipzig should not detract from his recent power and talent. With the Czech Republic, he had a fantastic season with Bayer Leverkusen.
Like Dybala, he is 26 and has a lot of experience, so he becomes a mentor for the young players around him. Unlike others, he can turn around a game that isn’t going his way. If he makes the transfer, Schick can easily become a world-class striker next season. The problem is Leverkusen, who appear determined he will not go. Succeed and join the elite.