As Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang enters the final 18 months of his contract at Arsenal, Mikel Arteta must begin scour the transfer market for a striker to lead the club into a new era at the Emirates.
The 32-year-old talisman is on course to end his time in north London at the ripe old age of 34, albeit the cake and candles will only come out in June once the 2022/23 season has already finished.
Arsenal are also set to lose Alexandre Lacazette, who has less than 12 months on his current deal, and football.london understands that the Frenchman has no intention of extending his stay at London Colney.
With Arteta’s strike force beginning to wither, Arsenal can finally begin to warrant Nicolas Pepe’s £72 million price tag by challenging the Ivorian the task of luring Lille’s next wonderkid to the Emirates.
Said ‘wonderkid’ goes by the name of Jonathon David who has been compared to Sergio Aguero in recent times and has gone from strength to strength as he continues to climb the footballing pyramid.
The Arsenal Way multimedia editor Guy Clarke spoke to football scouting expert Josh Williams on The Arsenal Way YouTube channel to explore how the 21-year-old prospect could bolster Arteta’s strike force, all with a helping hand from former Lille star Pepe.
Williams kickstarted the discussion by outlining exactly what Arteta will be looking for from a new striker at the club, detailing the attributes that David has to suit the Gunners’ system.
“I think Arteta wants a player in attack and in the striker role who is relatively quick, contribute to build up very little, a player who will put the ball in the net and a player who doesn’t necessarily have to be great in the air,” he began, as he delved into the possibility of David at Arsenal.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he came to the Premier League anytime soon and if I was on Arsenal’s recruitment then I’d be taking a look at him.
“He seems to fit that profile, he’s 21-years-old, quite two-footed which is nice, mobile, low centre of gravity and a bit of a [Sergio] Aguero type player; very smooth in all directions when he’s in the box. He’s that type of build.”
Williams then added by diving deeper into the logistics behind his reasoning why David would be the perfect suit for Arsenal should they begin to look for a new striker.
“He has scored double figures in each of his previous three league seasons,” he continued. “As an 18-year-old for Gent he scored 12 in the Belgium first division with no penalties.
“The following season he scored 18 where 15 were non-penalties and then in his first season – last season – for Lille he scored 13 in Ligue and again no penalties.
“This season he has already scored six and five of which have not been penalties. He’s a keen scorer and will likely get double figures again this season so he has that proven record despite his youthful age.”
Our football scouting expert then detailed a pair of extra incentives that would attract Arsenal to signing David.
“He has good availability, he doesn’t get injured too often,” Williams said. “And he plays for Lille so Arsenal can view Lille as team you can pick up from without having too much of an issue.”
Williams then concluded by summarising the key attributes that David brings and why he suits Arteta’s system and the club’s vision.
“He is a good finisher, seems willing to work and has the all round package,” he said. “I think if you look at the current system Arteta is currently building and you were to put David in for Aubameyang I think it’d still work, and work for the next ten years.”
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