Arsenal had been outplayed by Crystal Palace on Monday night time because the Eagles went on to safe a formidable 3-0 victory at Selhurst Park. With Alexandre Lacazette’s type floundering, their failure in entrance of aim as soon as once more highlighted the significance of signing no less than one striker in the summertime.
For a lot of the January window, Gunners followers hoped that the membership would be capable of persuade Serbia worldwide Dusan Vlahovic to commerce Fiorentina for north London. Nevertheless, the 22-year-old at all times had his sights set on a swap to Juventus, with the Previous Girl finally forking out €80million (£67million) for his providers.
In the meantime, aside from Vlahovic, Edu and Arsenal did not really feel as if the best striker was attainable within the January market. Criticism would’ve possible wavered had the Gunners not additionally allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to go away the membership on the finish of the window by mutual consent.
The choice to half methods with their former captain left Arsenal with simply Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah as their extra pure centre-forward choices. Each have struggled in entrance of aim this season – stand-in skipper Lacazette has scored simply 4 Premier League targets, while Nketiah remains to be but to open his account in England’s topflight this marketing campaign.
So as to add to Mikel Arteta’s issues, Lacazette has now additionally gone greater than 18 hours since discovering the web from open play. His poor type has finally left query marks over the choice to not signal a striker in January and has highlighted how crucial Vlahovic may’ve been to the Gunners’ top-four cost.
Having stated that, Arsenal followers can take consolation from the truth that the Serbian’s type has truly dropped since he moved to Turin. As per Soccer Italia, Vlahovic has managed one aim each 199 minutes at Juventus, scoring 5 targets in 12 appearances in a black and white shirt.
That is considerably lower than what he’d been producing for Fiorentina. Throughout the first a part of this marketing campaign below Vincenzo Italiano at Fiorentina, Vlahovic scored 20 targets in 24 video games, one each 102 minutes. Final season, with Giuseppe Iachini and Cesare Prandelli in command of the striker, he scored 21 targets in 40 appearances, one each 147 minutes.
Plus, in an act which will cheer up the Arsenal devoted, he is additionally been held accountable for one of many worst dives in historical past, as he flopped to the ground following an unintentional brush from Danilo D’Ambrosio in Juventus’ 1-0 loss to Inter Milan on Sunday night time.