Mikel Arteta admits major Arsenal weakness as Edu sent clear transfer demand

By Staff

Mikel Arteta has conceded that Arsenal don’t have a striker who’s good enough to score ‘at least 35 goals a season’. The Gunners have been heavily linked with numerous big names for a while now as Gabriel Jesus, Kai Havertz and Eddie Nketiah continue to disappoint.

The trio have only scored 18 goals between them in the Premier League this season, with Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard and Martin Odegaard shouldering much of the responsibility in the final third. While Arsenal have still managed to mount a title bid, the north Londoners struggled to impress in the Champions League without a talisman.

In fact, an Arsenal striker failed to score in each of the Gunners’ knockout ties. Speaking to CBS Sports after a disappointing defeat to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening, Arteta admitted that he doensn’t have a free-scoring frontman.

When asked about a lack of returns from strikers in front of goal, the Spaniard replied: “We have ben the team that has scored more goals in the Premier League.

“From everywhere, because of the reality is we don’t have a striker that is going to score 35 or 40 goals. So we have to live with that, we have many other qualities. Today is a day to stick behind the players, because they have given us so much and have taken us on this journey.”

football.london understands that Arsenal are in the market for a dynamic profile of centre-forward. It’s believed that Arteta wants somebody who offers great versatility to his frontline – unlike Ivan Toney or Viktor Gyokeres, who are pigeonholed as an out-and-out strikers.

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However, it must be said that the Gunners’ stance may change before the end of the season. Speaking on TNT Sports after the game, Arteta was asked if Arsenal need to improve their mentality or personnel.

He replied: “I think it’s mentality in those moments. We saw that lack of experience in those moments and not being in that moment that many times. There needs to be that little bit more urgency in the closing exchanges.

“Perhaps Saka taking that quick free-kick too early. Kim was distraught giving the free-kick away, knowing it was a difficult position. Saka made that decision in the moment.

“I admire that as well, but I think it might have been better taking that delivery and maybe scoring a wonder goal from the free-kick. All of these things cost you, but you want to see the ball going into the box and that urgency wasn’t there.

“That is a lack of experience being in those sort of major games and knowing what to do in those critical moments.”

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