Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta is ready to spend €100M to buy ‘the best superstar in Europe’ next week

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is ready to buy one of the best strikers in Europe next week.

The striker position has been a headache for Arsenal’s coaching staff in recent times. At the beginning of last season, Arsenal alternated between Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah in the centre-forward position. However, both were not at their best.

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From around December, Kai Havertz was in better form and Mikel Arteta boldly pushed him to the highest position. From then on, Arsenal fixed this frame until the end of the season and achieved many good results.

arsenal-sacrifice-front-team-for-100-million-euro-targetWill Arsenal continue to invest heavily this summer?

Of course, Arsenal’s ambition is still to own a striker who scores more than 20 goals/season. Havertz’s role of connecting other satellites and attracting opposing defenders will be gradually replaced by a center forward who sticks to the penalty area and can suppress opposing center backs.

That is why many sources believe that Arsenal are selling Eddie Nketiah. The Gunners are expected to get 40-50 million pounds for the English striker. Even Jesus could be put on the negotiating table if there is an attractive offer.

That accumulation of money will lead Arsenal to a blockbuster deal this summer, on a scale no less impressive than Declan Rice’s a year ago.

Portuguese newspaper Leonino via Sport Witness recently claimed that Swedish international Viktor Gyokeres is “very close” to signing for Arsenal, only the financial aspect of the deal has yet to be confirmed.

FourFourTwo’s view is similar. They believe that Arsenal are definitely keeping tabs on Gyokeres, but the financial aspect of the deal is something that Arsenal will struggle with.

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Caught Offside reported in April that Portuguese champions Sporting Lisbon wanted €100m for the Swedish striker’s signature, based on his release clause, or an equivalent deal structure.

arsenal-sacrifice-front-team-for-100-million-euro-targetThis is a big challenge for Arsenal because they still have many positions to buy, not just strikers.

And first of all, Arsenal will need to get rid of a series of “redundant” people at Emirates to be able to write a “cheque” of hundreds of millions of pounds. Reiss Nelson, Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe or Jakub Kiwior are the people that the Gunners need to find an outlet for, before thinking about further things.


On the other hand, Arsenal also need to consider Plan B. There are other affordable strikers on the market. Spending 100 million euros on a striker who has just emerged for one season is too risky. It is true that Gyokeres has experience playing in England (for Coventry in the Championship), but that does not guarantee that he will play well in a harsh environment like the Premier League. So, this is when people need Edu’s negotiating skills and Arteta’s foresight before a landmark deal.