Arsenal’s push for a return to the Champions League after a five-year absence stuttered on Monday evening. With fierce rivals Tottenham leapfrogging them into fourth with a win over Newcastle on Sunday, the Gunners couldn’t reply with a limp 3-0 defeat away to Crystal Palace.
It leaves Mikel Arteta’s males fifth within the Premier League desk, degree on factors with Spurs, albeit with a recreation in hand on the Lilywhites within the race for fourth spot. Up till Monday, Arsenal’s type had been spectacular, though there stay query marks over the front-line.
soccer.london understands that Arsenal will look to signal two forwards on the finish of the season, with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang having already joined Barcelona in January and Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah scheduled to depart the membership when their contracts expire in the summertime. As soon as assessing choices from throughout Europe, who may the Gunners goal to fill their squad void on the enterprise finish of the pitch?
Jonathan David (Lille)
One of many apparent targets for Arsenal is Jonathan David, who’s presently experiencing his second season at Lille. Simply 22 years-old, the Canadian striker has scored a minimal of 11 non-penalty targets in every of his final 4 league campaigns in France and Belgium, and this season seems more likely to be his finest but.
The targets he is scored in Ligue 1 provide an perception into his two-footedness particularly, as he is scored 15 occasions together with his proper foot and 10 occasions together with his left. In accordance with StatsBomb information, he favours his most popular foot simply 76% of the time. On prime of David’s two-footed nature, he is able to linking with teammates in tight areas and finally, he could possibly be an acceptable long-term inheritor to Alexandre Lacazette.
Patrik Schick (Bayer Leverkusen)
One of many gamers who has exploded on the continent this season is Patrik Schick of Bayer Leverkusen. The Czech Republic worldwide has 19 non-penalty targets to his identify within the Bundesliga to this point. For context, he is scored extra targets than everybody in Europe’s prime 5 leagues apart from Robert Lewandowski, Karim Benzema, Ciro motionless and Dusan Vlahovic and the identical as Mohamed Salah.
His ending particularly has grabbed the headlines. Schick is overperforming Anticipated Objectives by 6.5 targets in the intervening time, which is bettered by just one participant from Europe’s prime 5 leagues and captures his degree of conversion. Now 26 years-old, Schick seems able to ship instantly and if experiences are to be believed, he could possibly be attainable for round £50million.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is one other participant who ticks loads of Arsenal containers, and he is been tipped for a transfer to the Emirates in latest home windows. Upon inspection of how the Gunners assault, they seem to lack a bodily presence within the penalty field who can occupy defenders and pose a risk from excessive crosses. In truth, solely 15 groups from the 98 throughout Europe’s prime 5 leagues have scored fewer headers than Arsenal this season, which means that Calvert-Lewin may add a brand new dynamic for Arteta.
Since his emergence at Everton, the English striker has scored 43 targets within the Premier League, 18 of which have been headers. In truth, Calvert-Lewin is sort of simply as more likely to rating together with his most popular foot as he’s together with his head, having used his proper foot to attain 20 occasions. He could possibly be troublesome to accumulate but when the Goodison Park outfit undergo relegation, he would make loads of sense and could possibly be secured for lower than his true value.