Arsenal have made a solid start to the Premier League season, sitting in third place just one point of champions Manchester City. Although the start has been impressive the centre forward position has seemed to be somewhat of a weak spot in the side.
Both Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah have had a mixed start to the Premier League season, both having injury problems and struggling to find their top form. Particularly Jesus who was such a vital part of The Gunners side last season.
Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell believes that Arsenal are going to need to strengthen up-front, speaking to Mirror Football he said: ‘In the end, they will have to decide by January, do they need a centre forward.
“20 to 25 goals in the Premier League. You know, in those big, tight games. I think it will help them.
“Is it always easy to find the right centre forward? I think eventually if they get someone like that, the right centre forward to compliment the attack – you need them to be able to play to dislodge defences.
“Some defences understand your frequency, but you bring in another player to change that frequency and other things happen. Bringing on someone really changes it up.”
And when asked which striker he thinks fits the bill, Campbell had two names in mind: ‘[Victor] Osimhen. But is he going to cost too much money?
“There’s Ivan [Toney]. I think they’re good [in other areas of the pitch]. Centre forward is one thing they might need to look at and see the possibilities, see what’s out there, or wait until next season.
“But if the right person comes along, an out-and-out striker, that can unlock those tight games, knows what to do in those positions, and also keeps defence occupied to then free up other people, they should maybe look at it Christmas time – if not, definitely next season. The right person will offload the pressure on the team, I think.”
Ivan Toney has been linked with a move to The Emirates and looks likely to leave Brentford once his ban is up. Brentford valued the English striker at £80million.
Osimhen is a highly talented striker, he has been linked with a move to the Premier League, however, he would be a very expensive signing.