The performances of the Arsenal team since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left the side have slowly improved to the point where goals are coming at a rate of knots for Mikel Arteta’s squad.
The Gabonese forward has not started a match since the 3-2 defeat at Manchester United and, the Everton loss aside that followed defeat at Old Trafford, Arsenal have scored 19 goals in their last five games.
Alexandre Lacazette has featured primarily as the main striker besides Eddie Nketiah’s hat-trick against Sunderland in the League Cup quarterfinal. The Frenchman’s style drastically contrasts that of Aubameyang, and it is little surprise that the form of the side has improved since the 30-year-old’s reintroduction to the starting eleven.
However, considering the only long-term future that is assured amongst Arsenal’s strikers is Folarin Balogun, both Arteta and technical director Edu are going to have to ensure the expected striker signing is the right one.
The task at hand may be more obvious to solve than some might think. The performances of late have shown an Arsenal attack that fluidly links and has an understanding of one another’s movement.
Lacazette is pivotal in this system, often dropping in to release space ahead of him for Gabriel Martinelli. The Brazilian’s two goals against Leeds United were clear evidence of this tactic.
Bukayo Saka also benefited from his own brace against Norwich City thanks to Lacazette’s movement again. The Frenchman set up the 20-year-old’s second with a simple layoff before some great footwork and a brilliant strike from Saka.
The conversation, therefore, moves to the targets being assessed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, according to the Mirror, Dusan Vlahovic, as reported by Di Marzio, and Youssef En-Nesyri, as per ESPN, have all been linked with the club.
All three share the trait of adding aerial threat to the Arsenal team. A characteristic that has been lacking in the side and with the crossing of Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu in the team, could be an untapped resource of the group.
However, of the three, the striker that provides running, pressing and also link-up play is Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
As referenced by football scouting and analysis writer and Everton fan David Hughes on The Arsenal Way’s ‘Analysing Arsenal Show,’ which you should definitely check out, Calvert-Lewin provides hard work as well as goals.
Vlahovic meanwhile is not the type to drop in and link-up play, instead favouring to play on the last defender. En-Nesyri has the potential to provide the Gunners with more of Lacazette’s strengths however Calvert-Lewin’s established record in the Premier League would give him the edge in a straight comparison.
However, the Gunners have shown under Edu and Arteta to make good choices of late in the market. Mistakes have been learned from and supporters can see the strategy evolving in front of their eyes.
Lacazette’s displays have told Arteta and Edu what they need from a striker but also what can be added to take the Arsenal attack force to the next level.
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