Last summer, Arsenal appeared to have sorted their striker issues with the arrival of Gabriel Jesus, who has been a revelation, but with the team taking massive steps forward, there are calls for the club to sign a tall target man this summer.
For much of the season, Jesus has led to the line to excellent effect, but concerns over his finishing continue to linger, along with the fact Arsenal currently do not have a plan B, and have a front three lacking height.
With Champions League football and increased expectations next season, greater strength in depth will be key, and the front line is somewhere that Arsenal could certainly improve.
3 strikers Arsenal could sign this summer
1. Ivan Toney
Brentford’s Ivan Toney is the player who ticks the most boxes for Arsenal (apart from the fact he’s just been banned for eight months). He’s homegrown, Premier League proven with 12 goals last season and 20 this season, has just turned 27 and wouldn’t have to leave London.
He almost definitely won’t be slipping into his local Ladbrokes anytime soon either!
In recent years, Arteta has had a strong focus on buying within the Premier League, with Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Leandro Trossard and Jorginho all proving successful signings, and Toney’s lack of adaptation time makes him an exciting prospect.
At 6’2, Toney is a towering presence in attack with only Ben Mee winning more aerial duels than him this season, with an impressive 109 won. This would give Arsenal a different route to goal in each game, and his ability to play flick the ball on and bring others into play could unleash the pace of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli in behind.
The real beauty of a player like Toney lies in his technical ability, which is crucial to play in the current Arsenal team. Despite his aerial dominance, he has a great touch and the composure to pick a pass, and he also frequently gets himself in scoring positions, which you would expect would lead to more goals in a highly creative team.
The England international, however, won’t come cheap – even if his ban does reduce his value somewhat this summer.
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