The latest transfer news to come out of Arsenal is that Eddie Nketiah could be set for a move away from Arsenal. It is rumoured that he is on a list of targets who David Moyes wishes to replace Seb Haller with at West Ham. It is thought that with Nketiah entering the last 18 months on his current deal, and the fact that Arteta does not see the kind of potential in him like that in Saka and ESR, Arsenal may be prepared to part ways for around £20 million.
I have actually thought for some time that Nketiah would do really well for a lower-level PL club. He simply does not receive enough game time at Arsenal to improve on being anything more than a raw talent right now. He would give the likes of West Ham or even Brighton a slightly different way of playing, enabling them to press a bit more from the front. I think it is perhaps the best move for his career. I had hoped that before giving up on Nketiah we might have seen him loaned out to another PL club first, however if this £20 million were to be used to sign an adequate replacement I think it would resemble extremely astute January business from Arsenal.
That brings me on to my next point; who should be targeted to replace him. Well keeping in mind that Aubameyang and Lacazette’s futures need to be planned for, there are two profiles of striker we would need to bring into the club. One who has bags of pace and an eye for goal, constantly looking to get in behind. For me the best and most reasonable option out there for this is Salzburg’s Patson Daka. He is very clinical and very quick and is in many ways similar to the likes of Auba and Nketiah. The other guy to target is someone who can offer what Lacazette is doing so well right now, and did so well against Newcastle: an ability to operate as a false nine. The thought of Martinelli, ESR and Saka as the future of our attacking midfield is brilliant. However, it won’t reach its potential without a hard working number 9 in front to help provide it with structure and a focal point. Or to just use as a way to play a one-two out of a tight spot. It is what Giroud did very well for us too. This guy for me is Odsonne Edouard who plays a very similar style to Lacazette. What we need to do is move for him soon though; I think our big mistake with Lacazette was waiting for so long to sign him. We were linked with him for years but did not make our move in time for the season where we were closest to a league title; if we had Laca in the 15/16 season I think we may well have won the title. If we can sign Edouard now or in the summer, he will have a season as an understudy (perhaps just playing Europa and cup games), and then he would be ready to take over from Auba and Lacazette when one would be 33 and the other would be out of a contract.
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