Thursday night will only amplify calls for a world-class striker.
A lack of cutting edge has troubled Arsenal fans for much of 2023/24, and those concerns were wholly justified in midweek as the Gunners suffered a dismal 2-0 home loss against West Ham.
The bad result just about summed up what was a below-par collective effort, but it might have ended very differently if Mikel Arteta’s side had been more clinical in front of goal and tucked away some of their 30 shots (we’re looking at you, Gabriel Jesus).
Alas, it wasn’t to be and, while the January window is a notoriously hard time to conduct major transfer business, Arsenal will surely look for shrewd offensive reinforcements to help maintain their title push.
5 strikers Arsenal should consider buying in January transfer window
Short-term, impactful additions may prove decisive between now and May, and here are five names that are worth our consideration.
1. Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla)
There would not be much left in the transfer kitty after this deal.
After grabbing headlines with Morocco at the 2022 World Cup, Youssef En-Nesyri is a familiar name to football audiences worldwide and one Arsenal could realistically target next month.
The 26-year-old offers aerial threat as his strongest attribute, but he still has enough pace to play on defensive shoulders along with the physicality needed to adapt to Premier League life. However, for all his alluring ‘target-man’ qualities, En-Nesyri’s limited involvement in build-up phases and mediocre goal-scoring numbers (nine goals this season) might prompt us to look elsewhere.
Another poor year for Sevilla means he might be open to a winter switch, and reports that the Spanish side could accept less than his €80m release clause will give Arteta something to think about.
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