Arsene Wenger was criticized heavily by certain sections of the supporters after the Gunners failed to win the Premier League trophy, even though all the other big teams faltered throughout the season. What increased the frustration further was the fact that Wenger was the only manager in the top five leagues in Europe not to sign an outfield player last summer. Arsenal hasn’t won a league title since the Invincible season and Wenger is well aware of the fact that one more season without the league title might just tip the fans over the edge. Although he still has the support of substantial support base and the board.
Although a number of players have been linked with a move to the Emirates this season, only Granit Xhaka and Takuma Asano are the two prominent names to have made the move. Arsenal are in a desperate need for a world class striker who can share the goal-scoring burden with Olivier Giroud. Wenger was pursuing Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy this summer and even agreed to pay the £20million release clause in his contract. However, the English international decided to snub the North London team and signed a four-year contract extension with the champions. Here we look at three strikers that Wenger can realistically sign this summer.
There are doubts regarding Morata’s future after Real Madrid activated the buyback clause in his contract and resigned him from Juventus. There are rumours suggesting that the Spanish club might look to offload the striker this summer for a healthy profit. The 23-year-old has been excellent over the past two years in Turin and was even the number one choice for his country in the recently concluded European Championship, where he scored 3 goals. He is a perfect striker to lead the line at Arsenal given his pace, strength, and aerial abilities.
Lacazette has been one of the most in-demand strikers this summer after sensational two seasons with Lyon in Ligue Un. West Ham are also following the striker eagerly and have already had two bids turned down by Lyon this summer. He is physically very strong, with lots of pace to burn. Having scored 20 goals in his last seasons including a terrific return of 27 goals in 33 matches in 2014-2015 indicates how lethal he is in front of the goal. Though still a little unknown on the world stage, a move to the Emirates will be the perfect platform for him to showcase his abilities.
Although the striker has been linked with a move to his old club Chelsea this summer, it’s not wrong to assume that he would be excellent at leading the line at Arsenal. The Belgian striker scored 25 goals for Everton last term, even though the Toffees struggled hugely last season. Still on 23, Lukaku has hit double figures in each of his last four seasons, while also indicating his desire to compete for the title and play in the Champions League. However, it’s his hefty valuation by Everton that might prove to be a stumbling block.