Given the state of Arsenal’s present forward enlistment, there are strikers on the continent whom the Gunners will be keeping a close eye on.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract is up in a year, but Arsenal forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah will depart the club this summer if their present contracts are not renewed.
With no likelihood of their contracts being renewed, it’s understandable that technical director Edu, working alongside manager Mikel Arteta as he did in the summer, would be thinking ahead and weighing the possibilities available to the club. Ideally, the goal would be to keep Arsenal’s number nine spot for the foreseeable future.
Adeyemi transfer talk
Red Bull Salzburg attacker Karim Adeyemi has emerged as a target for a lot of Europe’s top clubs.
The Arsenal Way recently published a list of Salzburg starlets that the Gunners should try harder to entice to north London, and Adeyemi was prominently mentioned on the list.
Arsenal’s attempts to sign one of the world’s most desired forwards have been thwarted by links to Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona.
The Gunners, on the other hand, have been given a tiny advantage regarding competing with La Liga heavyweights Barcelona, with the German international receiving advice in favor of a move to Arsenal.
Di Marzio’s advice
In an interview with Wettfreunde, Italian writer Di Marzio, who previously reported on Arsenal’s interest in Dusan Vlahovic, suggested that the Salzburg star would be better off picking Arsenal over Xavi Hernandez’s new project in Catalonia.
He stated, “I believe he would be a better fit for Arsenal than for Barcelona.”
“Barcelona’s style of play is very different from Arsenal’s. And if I had to envision him playing for one of those clubs, I’d pick Arsenal because his style of play is more suited to them.”
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Both Arsenal and Barcelona have had previous challenges, but under Arteta and Xavi, both teams appear to be on the upswing at the moment.
Arsenal will have to act quickly if they want the striker, given the amount of interest from rival clubs. However, it’s unclear whether Arteta would want to pursue a youngster who is farther along in their development to reduce the danger of signing a kid so young for such a crucial role.
It’s possible that reinforcing in such a critical position in January is too soon. The summer appears to be the most likely time for the Gunners to act, but it may be too late for Adeyemi by then.