Arsenal have identified England duo Ollie Watkins and Dominic Calvert-Lewin as possible replacements for Alexandre Lacazette, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Gunners have ‘already started drawing up a list of strikers’ to replace Lacazette, whose contract at the club is due to expire next summer.
At the moment, it does not seem like Arsenal have any plans to extend the 30-year-old’s stay in north London – meaning he can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club when the January transfer window opens.
So, Gunners chief Edu has now been tasked with finding a suitable replacement for Lacazette and it appears he has identified two in Watkins and Calvert-Lewin.
Watkins joined Aston Villa in the summer of 2020 from Brentford and enjoyed a fine debut season in the Premier League, where the England international netted 14 times in 37 appearances.
Calvert-Lewin, meanwhile, also enjoyed a brilliant campaign, with the Everton striker scoring 16 goals in 33 Premier League appearances.
It is hardly a surprise that Arsenal are said to be interested in the England duo, but neither of the strikers will come cheap as they are both tied down to long-term contracts at their respective clubs.
However, the report claims that Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is ‘prepared to back Mikel Arteta ‘ in the transfer market to challenge and eventually replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang has started the season with five goals in all competitions, with only two of them coming in the Premier League, but Arteta backed his captain to find his scoring touch again.
Speaking before the North London Derby, where the Gabon striker did find the back of the net in a 3-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium, Arteta said: “I think now he’s been in really good form.
“I think the way he played at Burnley, even if he didn’t score a goal, was extraordinary, the way he played for the team. So we expect him to do the same (against Spurs).
“He will (score more goals) and he’s generated the chances. We have to generate more and we have to put him in more goalscoring positions which we know how he’s going to end up in. He’s in good form.
“You need a special moment and details. A lot of things decide these types of fixtures and big players step in.”
Source by Football London