Arsenal have been linked again with one of Europe’s most exciting young strikers in Patson Daka of RB Salzburg. He has been tearing up the Austrian Bundesliga and at the age of just 22 he has many years to turn this into top quality performances in a more competitive league. His primary position is centrally, but could also offer Arsenal a great deal of versatility in his ability to play on the left or right side of the attack as well.
His strengths are all things which suggest he would really be a tremendous signing for Arsenal; he has an abundance of pace, physically can hold onto the ball when required and is always looking to get in behind. All characteristics you could say our current hitman, Aubameyang, has done more or less perfectly since arriving at Arsenal.
Daka’s latest comments suggest a move could well be on the cards. Talking to BBC Sport, he proclaimed his admiration for the huge footballing stars to come out of Africa and “make it” including Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. I’m sure if Arsenal could meet Salzburg’s demands, Daka would be very keen on a move to the Emirates to play alongside one of his idols.
I think that this would be an amazing signing for Arsenal. It is clear that, with the likes of Martinelli, Auba and Lacazette all able to play upfront, we are not in desperate need of a replacement striker. However, at some point we do need to start planning for the not so distant future. Aubameyang turns 32 in the summer, whereas Lacazette only has 18 months left on his current contract. To me, a move for Daka this summer makes perfect sense. It is early enough in his career that he has already proven his raw talent, and gives us some time to mold him at this tender age into the striker we need him to be. Then he can eventually be ready to take over striker responsibilities once it seems Lacazette and Aubameyang are no longer able to. In a similar way to how Manchester City would rotate Aguero with Jesus, until eventually Jesus is ready to lead the line.
Assuming we may also be able to get deals done for the likes of Buendia and maybe Sabitzer, Arsenal wouldn’t only have a very good and exciting squad, but also a very young one where most positions are filled by players under the age of 25. I just hope that Edu and Arteta have now realised that signing older, experienced players on large wages is not a transfer strategy likely to get us competing for league titles again. Investing in exciting young prospects, who at the same time you could argue have already proven themselves, is the perfect transfer strategy for us.
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