Arsenal insider Charles Watts thinks that the forward position is going to be the priority for the Gunners this upcoming transfer window.
It’s set to be a big window for Mikel Arteta this summer as they look to make some sort of progress in the league following a disastrous showing during this campaign, and indeed in Europe if they were to pull off victory in the Europa League.
But speaking on the latest edition of his show, Watts says the one area of the pitch that should be given the most attention this summer is the forward position because of the amount of work that needs to be put in with players’ contracts, with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah nearing the end of their current deals.
He said: “I think your priority has certainly got to be for me at the moment is the striking situation, because Arsenal don’t have too many strikers. You’re basically looking at Auba, Laca and Eddie Nketiah – and two of those are coming down to the final year of their contracts. So they’re going to have to sort that out one way or the other.
“If it’s a case of letting them go, then they’ve got to try and find the best possible buyers for them, get as much money in as they can and then look to reinvest that money and bring in at least one more striker this summer.”
Do you think Arsenal should sell Lacazette this summer?
TIF Thoughts on Charles Watts’ comments about Arsenal this summer…
The key for Arsenal here will be whether or not they are in European competition next season, because that will likely dictate who they could look to bring in to replace them should they wish to sell.
For instance, will they be forced to keep Eddie Nketiah, who hasn’t performed well this season, because there are no better options out there that they can afford or attract? Or will their potential place in the Champions League (via the Europa League) mean that Nketiah has to be jettisoned in order to make space for someone with a little bit more quality?