With just a couple of weeks away from the end of the year, the football world is gearing up for the January transfer window. Arsenal are set to be heavily involved as some fringe players are on the brink of leaving the club and Arteta is preparing to make some additions to complete his squad. The Gunners are looking to add some reinforcements in the attacking department and amongst the many linked, Calvert-Lewin and Jonathan David seem to be the closest to a move.
Arsenal currently sit fourth on the Premier League table after three consecutive victories against Southampton, West Ham and Leeds United. They stand 4 points clear of fifth-placed West Ham. Current captain Alexandre Lacazette is in the last year of his contract and the club wants to sell him in January to get some return on the £46.5m investment.
Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been out of action for five consecutive games after he was struck with disciplinary action by manager Mikel Arteta. The FourFourTwo reported that the Gabonese could also be set to leave the Emirates in January after the flare-up with Arteta and being stripped of the club captaincy.
While such bust-ups continue to hinder Arsenal’s progress, Arteta is now looking at options to replace the 32-year-old striker. Everton’s Calvert-Lewin and Lille’s Jonathan David have been heavily linked with a move to the North London club.
There are some players whose contracts are set to expire at the end of the season. While the club have agreed to terminate Mohamed Elneny’s contract in January, others like Eddie Nketiah, Alexandre Lacazette and Calum Chambers are expected to be sold in January. Arsenal use the money accumulated from these sales to sign Calvert-Lewin or Jonathan David.
Calvert-Lewin Is A Better Strike Partner
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is an upright striker who can straightaway put in goals for the North London side. According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal are tracking the Everton forward and will go for a summer swoop, if they fail in January. The English forward will be a great substitute for Aubameyang or even work as a striking pair with the Gabonese.
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The 24-year-old striker scored 16 goals in 33 appearances last season, which earned him a spot in Gareth Southgate’s Euro team in the summer. The player made a fantastic start to the 21/22 season, scoring in each of the first three Premier League games, but has been sidelined ever since due to a quadriceps injury.
Calvert-Lewin is a prolific striker with lethal aerial abilities inside the box. His partnership with Richarlison at Everton has been very productive but is yet to be tested as a lone striker. However, his valuation would be a big barrier for the Gunners as the Toffees are expected to ask around £60m for the player. Nevertheless, he will be a hot proposition if Arsenal manage to get their hands on him.
Jonathan David Is The “One” For The Job
Jonathan David is emerging as one of the hottest attacking prospects in Europe, with clubs like Liverpool, West Ham and Inter Milan all looking to add him to their squads and the Evening Standard reported that Arsenal are interested in signing the Canadian forward.
The 22-year-old striker bagged 13 goals and 3 assists last season and has also made a fiery start to the 21/22 season with 11 goals in 18 league appearances. Moreover, the player admitted his love for Arsenal earlier this season. In an interview with L’Equippe (via Hammer News), the player said:
“European clubs made me dream. Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, with Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. I might not have been ready in my head. But that was the only option, my goal from the start. I knew I had to make sacrifices.”
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Jonathan David plays as a central striker but can also fall deep into midfield to receive the ball and make his pacing strides forward. With Lacazette nearing an exit, he would serve as a great alternative to the Frenchman. His late runs into the opposition’s 18-yard-box have earned him goals many times. However, Arsenal need to qualify for the Champions League next season to sign the player.
Both Calvert-Lewin and Jonathan David would be great alternatives for Aubameyang and Lacazette. Their young age also fit the player profile that Arteta wants. All in all, signing either player would be an upgrade to Arsenal’s current players who play in the striker role.
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