Arsenal told to sign ‘versatile’ player to bring Gunners closer to Liverpool and Man City
Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has given the Gunners advice on the areas they need to strengthen in the upcoming transfer season to resemble Manchester City and Liverpool. This summer, Mikel Arteta’s team signed Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner, and Marquinhos. Campbell thinks their sixth acquisition could be crucial.
Campbell told Football Insider, “We need another forward. “I would bring in a forward with versatility who can play everywhere in the front line. In my perspective, Liverpool and Man City have gotten it right in this area. Up top, they have replaceable parts.
“You have Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, and Harvey Elliott if [Mohamed] Salah, [Luis] Diaz, and [Darwin] Nunez don’t play. Interchangeable parts are present. Even after [Sadio] Mane has passed away, they still have those alternatives.
This summer, Arsenal made an effort to recruit Raphinha, a former Leeds United winger, but he preferred to finalize a transfer to Barcelona. They have been connected to a number of flexible attackers.
Additionally, the Gunners have been linked to PSV’s Cody Gakpo, who would set the club back between £33.5 million and £38 million.
On the opening night of the Premier League season on Friday, Arteta is anticipated to start with a front three of Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, and Jesus away at Crystal Palace. However, he does have further alternatives in reserve.
Although there have been discussions about the two forwards playing together, Eddie Nketiah concluded the previous season as the team’s first-choice striker but may have dropped down the pecking order after the signing of Jesus.
Ernest Smith Nicolas Pepe and Reiss Nelson are still under contract, while new addition Marquinhos may potentially have an influence. Rowe, who played primarily on the left flank last season, scored 10 league goals in 21 starts. Arteta has acknowledged that he hopes for additional additions before the window closes.
“If the market permits, we still hope to do something different. The past several days have also witnessed some movement, “Added Arteta. “We aim to achieve the ideal balance and the strategy we envisioned at the outset. Whether or if we succeed in doing that is a different matter.”
The players brought in this summer needed to have the proper mentality as well as the physical skills, according to technical director Edu. Edu told football.london, “I think we’ve got a few more guys with that kind of character.”
“Speak with Zinchenko, Fabio, and Gabriel. [Hand raises] The result is here. I’ve accepted the Champions League because I want to be realistic. But I want to win here [head]. At our size, a team like Arsenal is not constructed to compete for fourth place.
“I apologize. There are teams like [Manchester] City, Liverpool, etc., and we need to be realistic about it.
You also cannot agree with that. When you join this club here and you realize how big we are, we cannot accept it.