Despite Arsenal’s impressive recent form, it is clear that they need to sign a striker in the coming months.
Both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are into the final seven months of their contracts at the club and with neither appearing likely to sign a new deal in the coming months, they are both free from January to speak to foreign clubs regarding a free summer transfer.
Now, the Gunners’ forward problems have been worsened by the controversy surrounding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was relieved of his captaincy duties earlier this month.
football.london understands that Aubameyang is assessing his options ahead of the winter window, with the north London club also open to offers for the Gabon international.
The former Borussia Dortmund star is currently training away from the rest of the first team with no return date given following his latest disciplinary breach whilst football.london has been told that Mikel Arteta wants to avoid a repeat of the situation with Mesut Ozil from last season.
Fiorentina ace Dusan Vlahovic has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium but reports from Italy claim that he could cost upwards of £70million, a steep fee considering technical director Edu splashed in excess of £140million on transfers over the summer.
A cheaper alternative to Vlahovic could be Sevilla frontman Youssef En-Nesyri, who ESPN have claimed that Arsenal are ‘scouting’ as they look to bring in an accomplished centre-forward.
Here, football.london tells you all you need to know about En-Nesyri and how he could fit in Arteta’s side.
Who is Youssef En-Nesyri?
Aged 24, En-Nesyri is a talented forward born in Fes, Morocco.
He is a traditional number nine, currently plying his trade with Spanish outfit Sevilla, having previously been at fellow La Liga sides Malaga and Leganes
Why do Arsenal want him?
En-Nesyri is valued at just £36million on Transfermarkt, almost half of what Vlahovic could cost the Gunners, who spent more than any other Premier League club over the summer.
The Sevilla frontman netted 18 goals in La Liga and a further six in the UEFA Champions League – numbers that read even more impressive when you consider just one of his 24 efforts were scored from the penalty spot.
He has struggled with injuries so far this term, playing less than 500 minutes in the league, finding the back of the net three times in the process.
Arteta’s side are firing on all cylinders at this moment in time, with the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard chipping in with the lion share of their goals.
However, the same can’t be said for their centre-forwards, with Lacazette and Aubameyang providing just seven league goals between them this term, meaning Arsenal would be far better placed to finish in the top four this season if they were able to add a prolific frontman to the mix.
Where would he fit in?
Arteta has often preferred a 4-2-3-1 system with three of Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli and Smith Rowe deployed behind a lone striker that helps knit the play together and provide balance through the middle.
En-Nesyri would add plenty of goals to the north Londoners and possesses the ability to hold the ball up, often utilising his 6-foot 3-inch frame to beat defenders in the air, as evidenced by the 3.93 aerial duels he averaged in La Liga last season.
However, the 24-year-old isn’t as accomplished with the ball at his feet, profiling much lower than Lacazette when it comes to progressive passing or progressive carries, meaning the attack may lack ball retention if both En-Nesyri and Martinelli were deployed together.
What has been said?
The clinical forward previously had a trial for Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea back in 2015 but admitted that the weather was a sticking point at the time.
“Yes. I went to London for three weeks,” he told Estadio Deportivo last year. “And the truth is that it was very cold there, I didn’t feel comfortable either.”
Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has previously urged his old side to sign the 24-year-old, claiming that the skilful striker would add plenty of goals to Arteta’s side.
Speaking about En-Nesyri to Highbury Squad, Campbell said: “Good player, really good. For me, he would definitely come in and carry a threat.
“I will tell you that much. He will carry a threat top end of the pitch. He has good size, speed, knows where the goal is, he is skilful.”
Source by Football London