Newcastle's reported need to sell a coveted asset in 2024 could thrust Arsenal in contention to sign striker Alexander Isak.
While the Gunners could seek a short-term forward option in January, the club is set to target their #9 for the long haul in the summer with their current crop enduring profligate seasons.
The additions of an elite goalscorer is what many believe is currently putting a ceiling on Arteta's project. The Spaniard has so many pieces in place, but Arsenal don't have - as Ian Wright put it - a 'killer' in front of goal.
For all his perks, Gabriel Jesus is not a ruthless goalscorer and there are concerns on the injury front after he tore his ACL at the 2022 World Cup. Knee issues have lingered since, and he's missed a host of games this season. His absences combined with his wastefulness in front of goal means he's scored just twice in the Premier League.
Why Arsenal could sign Alexander Isak in 2024
Ivan Toney, Benjamin Sesko, Dusan Vlahovic, and Victor Osimhen are among the list of strikers linked with a move to the Emirates in 2024. Karim Benzema has also been touted as a shock possibility on a short-term basis this month (that's not going to happen).
While many supporters are desperate for Toney despite Brentford's lofty valuation, news surrounding Newcastle's Financial Fair Play worries could be music the the ears of Arsenal fans. Why? Well, reports suggest the Magpies may have to part ways with a prized asset this year in order to balance the books.
The club confirmed losses of £150m in their latest financial reports.
Bruno Guimaraes and Sven Botman have been noted as options for Newcastle to sell, as has striker Isak, whom Arsenal should undoubtedly be considering as their long-term #9.
"If I’m Arsenal, I’m going all out and buying him,” Premier League legend and current pundit Rio Ferdinand said on his FIVE podcast (via teamTALK).
Ferdinand was particularly impressed by Isak's performance in Newcastle's 3-2 defeat against Manchester City, with the striker scoring a wonderful goal to draw the hosts level after running in behind.
Isak, who's drawn comparisons to Gunners icon Thierry Henry and was a reported Arsenal target before his move to Newcastle, has enjoyed another productive Premier League season at St. James' Park. The 24-year-old has matched his Premier League goal tally from last season (ten) through 16 games this term.
Newcastle signed the Swedish international for a club-record £63m fee in 2022, and although the club has some incentive to sell, Arsenal would likely have to pay in excess of that to bring Isak to north London. However, the Gunners should be in a better position to spend big (or bigger) in the summer.