Mikel Arteta’s proposed £46m striker transfer has passed his audition to join the club
Jonathan David passed his Arsenal audition with his Champions League performances against Chelsea
A potential Arsenal transfer signing for the summer has passed his audition to join the club. This comes after his impressive Champions League performances against Chelsea.
Jonathan David lined up for Lille as they were knocked out by the Premier League side. Despite not scoring a goal he showed impressive touches and passes which highlights that he has the calibre to compete in Mikel Arteta’s side.
David’s team were simply too weak for Thomas Tuchel’s Blues. But, the young forward still had an impressive couple of games, which certainly justifies the reported the £46m price tag quoted for him ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Gunners have been heavily linked to the Canadian youngster since the start of the campaign. Edu is looking to end the striker shortage that currently looks like the only reason why the club may fail to secure a top-four finish.
Arsenal are long-term admirers of the young striker. Their interest in him dates back to his time in Belgium with Gent before he joined Lille in 2020.
David already has 13 goals in Ligue 1. A total that only four players can better this season and while he plays in a front two at Lille, he is a player who matches Lacazette stylistically and could help ensure a more seamless transition for Arsenal at that end of the field.
The youngster will be available for a transfer in the summer. Speaking to Radio Canada, David’s agent Nick Mavromaras said: “For us, the objective is to finish the season in Lille, but it will be his last season there for several reasons.”
David has been performing excellently this season in Ligue 1 and in the Champions League. He played a pivotal part in the club’s European knockout stage progression before eventually being knocked out by Chelsea in the round of 16.
Liverpool are also reportedly interested in the striker according to French news outlet Le10 Sport . Given how smart their recruitment strategy is, Arsenal should be looking to snare anyone on Liverpool’s radar before they’re wearing a Reds shirt and it’s too late.
David didn’t score against Chelsea but his performances over two legs should have been enough to convince Edu, that he would be the correct signing for the summer. Arsenal will need to sign two strikers in the transfer window, and David should certainly fill one of these voids.