Arsenal legend Sol Campbell wants Arsenal to add more firepower to the squad in January to help them win the Premier League this season.
The Gunners sit third in the Premier League after 12 games, level on points with Liverpool on 27, and one behind Manchester City.
Campbell has identified the striking department as an area in need of reinforcement, given the team’s reliance on a limited pool of strikers. Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah, and Leandro Trossard have collectively netted 14 goals across various competitions this season, but Campbell believes Arsenal requires a striker capable of consistently bagging 20 to 25 goals in a Premier League campaign.
Sol Campbell names two strikers Arsenal should sign in January
Speaking to Mirror Football at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Campbell said: “In the end, they will have to decide by January, do they need a centre forward. Twenty to 25 goals in the Premier League. You know, in those big, tight games. I think it will help them.
“Is it always easy to find the right centre forward? I think eventually if they get someone like that, the right centre forward to compliment the attack – you need them to be able to play to dislodge defences.
“Some defences understand your frequency but you bring in another player to change that frequency and other things happen. Bringing on someone really changes it up.”
Arsenal have been linked with Napoli striker Victor Osimhen and Ivan Toney from Brentford. Either of the two strikers will cost Arsenal a significant amount to tempt their respective clubs to consider selling and Campbell believes it is a deal the Gunners should be interested in.
When probed about his preference, Sol Campbell said, “Osimhen. But is he going to cost too much money? There’s Ivan [Toney]. I think they’re good [in other areas of the pitch]. Center forward is one thing they might need to look at and see the possibilities, see what’s out there, or wait until next season.
“But if the right person comes along, an out-and-out striker, that can unlock those tight games, knows what to do in those positions, and also keeps defence occupied to then free up other people, they should maybe look at it Christmas time – if not, definitely next season. The right person will offload the pressure on the team, I think.”