Edu must secure £45m striker ahead of schedule to solve Arsenal’s glaring goal issue

Edu must secure £45m striker ahead of schedule to solve Arsenal’s glaring goal issue

OPINION: Arsenal’s goal drought is becoming a glaring problem in the team, one that could jeopardize their chances of finishing in the top four if it is not addressed.

Under Mikel Arteta, Arsenal has undergone a significant transformation. Even the sharpest detractors of the Spaniard would struggle to deny that the team’s defense has improved as a result of personnel and tactics changes.

 

Arsenal, on the other hand, has lost in terms of chance generation and, as a result, goal output as the foundations have improved. At Anfield, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a lonely figure, unable to affect the game as Arsenal lost 4-0.

This isn’t totally his fault; Gabonese strikers aren’t built like this. Aubameyang is a finisher with lightning speed, but he seldom gets the chance to go in behind in a possession-based team. He only gets this chance when counterattacking, and as he approaches his mid-thirties, he naturally loses a yard of speed each month.

With this in mind, it’s safe to assume that the team will be looking for a striker this summer. The contracts of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah expire at the conclusion of the season, making the situation even more urgent.

However, there is a growing argument that this should be done sooner rather than later. The January transfer market is just over a month away, and Arsenal might find themselves unexpectedly in contention for a top-four finish.

The expectation before into the season was to finish in the top six, but with Manchester United struggling and other teams such as Leicester City also struggling, the door to the Champions League has opened.

As a result, technical director Edu could, and should, take the necessary steps to enhance the team in the middle of the season.

According to Di Marzio, Arsenal and Fiorentina have reached an agreement over the price, with some ties to the likes of Dusan Vlahovic indicating that the Gunners intend to do just that.

The Serbian striker, on the other hand, is thought to be apprehensive about moving to north London, preferring to wait for offers from clubs that may offer him greater competition and trophies.

Vlahovic, who is valued at £45 million by Transfermarkt, is a goalscoring machine at such a young age, but his physical frame adds distinct qualities to his game that neither Lacazette nor Aubameyang have.

Despite the fact that he has not yet perfected his aerial threat, it is an aspect of his game that he can improve and that neither Arsenal striker has.

Edu has done some fantastic work at Arsenal during his tenure there, but he now confronts his toughest job in signing Arsenal’s future striker. The Brazilian must be able to sell this vision and persuade strikers like Vlahovic who have reservations that Arsenal is the right environment for them to develop and prosper.

 

If Arsenal and Edu, in particular, are unable to sign their top targets at these critical positions, the club’s return to European elite competition may be jeopardized.

The deal for Vlahovic, or other strikers in his quality bracket, could be the cornerstone to the club’s long-term plan and therefore cannot be acted upon too late.

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