Arsenal hit another crossroads for Benjamin Sesko transfer alternative

  • Arsenal recently missed out on Benjamin Sesko
  • He will instead stay at RB Leipzig to develop
  • Mikel Arteta could yet again miss out on Sesko’s alternative
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The transfer window is not easy to operate. Arsenal fans know this more than most as over the last few seasons, they have become accustomed to signing their plan B, rather than their plan A. Thankfully, this has worked out in Arsenal's favour more often than not as Leandro Trossard and Declan Rice were backup options to Mykhailo Mudryk and Moises Caicedo, after all.

Well, Arsenal have been forced to consider other options for the striker position, ahead of the 2024 summer transfer window. For the longest time, it seemed like only a matter of "when" not "if" Benjamin Sesko would join Arsenal. However, this week, it was revealed that he would instead stay with RB Leipzig, meaning Arsernal are forced to consider other options.

That said, some older names have emerged. Arsenal's new transfer merry-go-round features names of the past, including Ivan Toney, Viktor Gyokeres and Joshua Zirkzee. One of those names is close to being eliminated from Arsenal's grasp, though.

Arsenal hit another crossroads for Benjamin Sesko transfer alternative

According to a report from The Sun, Arsenal are close to missing out on Viktor Gyokeres. It is believed he would be their ideal second choice to Benjamin Sesko, however, they are unwilling to meet a compromise with Sporting CP about his transfer fee. Arsenal would like to pay between £50m-£60m, which seems to be their operating budget for a striker, but Sporting are unwilling.

Therefore, Arsenal must consider other options. But who?

Well, I made the wildcard pick yesterday for Arsenal to pursue a move for Tammy Abraham. The English striker with Premier League experience is recently back from a lengthy injury, looking to return to his best. Furthermore, Roma are only requiring £21m for his signature, less than half what Arsenal's operating budget for a striker seems to be.

It must be said that nothing concrete is reported on Abraham to Arsenal. If anything, he is linked to Aston Villa, Tottenham and West Ham. It's worth keeping an eye on, nevertheless.

Still, the point remains - Should Arsenal spend over the odds on Viktor Gyokeres? The answer is no, as much as this might annoy fans.

The truth is, Arsenal are in no IMMEDIATE rush to sign a striker. While it would be a nice addition, Kai Havertz has shown a keen desire to play there and he is certainly proving himself. Time will truly tell how desperate Arsenal are to bring in a new striker, all things considered.


Where do you think Viktor Gyokeres will play next season?