If Arsenal ever needed a striker, it is now. Olivier Giroud is a very good player but not good enough to sustain a league title challenge, Danny Welbeck is injury prone and Theo Walcott continues to be extremely inconsistent when he plays. Arsene Wenger tried to pursue Jamie Vardy only for him to have a change of heart and stay at Leicester while Gonzalo Higuain turned out to be too expensive, recently moving to Juventus for a monstrous €90 million fee. Despite this, there are still a couple of strikers who would improve Arsenal and we take a look at four of them.
The Inter Milan forward is the typical poacher — with 52 goals in 101 games, Icardi would be a great addition to Arsenal. The 23 year old wouldn’t be cheap however — Inter are looking for at least €60 million for the Argentinian while Napoli are looking to Icardi as their Higuain purchase.
Arsenal have already been linked with Icardi and while €60 million is a lot of money, especially for a player who has no Champions League experience and only one international cap, he has a lot of potential who could thrive under Wenger. Even if he does end up failing though, he’d have some resale value too unlike a Higuain.
Arsenal have suffered many times from bad finishing from their strikers. With Icardi, they can definitely see a lot of improvement in that regard.
The Lyon forward seems to be the number one target for Arsenal right now and it seems like Wenger’s interest is being reciprocated by the Frenchman. Don’t be fooled by his exclusion from Euro 2016 — Lacazette is a very good all round player, scoring 21 league goals last season in Ligue 1.
Quick, clinical finishing and a huge presence up front, Lacazette is also just 25 years old and given the inflation in the transfer market, would be a steal at £40 million as a player who is a genuine, if slight, upgrade on Giroud.
The Croatian will no doubt, find himself fall in the Juventus pecking order behind Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain and at 30 years of age, should still be starting games. Mandzukic is very similar to Giroud though one could argue that he’s a slightly better finisher and header of the ball. He wouldn’t offer that much different to Giroud but at this point, a signing like him might be needed simply to lift the hopes of Arsenal fans.
Constantly linked to Arsenal in the last few months, while Morata was recently bought back by Real Madrid, he could still find himself somewhere other than in Spain. With reports of Madrid buying the 23 year old back just to sell him for a profit, Arsenal should look to pounce on Morata who has developed extraordinarily well since moving to Juventus.
With pace, finishing and technique — Morata could be an Arsenal star for the next decade if ends up at the Emirates Stadium.