We ‘signed’ Viktor Gyokeres for Arsenal in summer transfer window and he helped win trophies

By Staff

After a fantastic season in Portugal, Arsenal have been linked with Sporting Lisbon striker Viktor Gyokeres ahead of next season.

A new striker seems to be a priority signing for Arsenal ahead of next season, with a clinical No.9 high up on Mikel Arteta’s wish list. One name that has been linked with a move for some time is Sporting’s Gyokeres, with 36 goals and 14 assists across all competitions this season making him one of the most sought-after strikers currently in world football.

The 25-year-old is no stranger to English football, with Gyokeres coming through the Brighton academy before enjoying spells with Swansea City and most recently Coventry in the Championship. The Swedish international has a release clause of £84million, though it’s reported that the Portuguese club may be willing to part ways with their talisman for £43million instead.

So, if Arsenal signed Gyokeres, could he add even more goals to the Gunners XI? Let’s take a look.

Arsenal’s 2024/25 season simulated with Viktor Gyokeres

To set up this simulation, we used Football Manager 2024 to move Gyokeres to Arsenal in the summer transfer window before simulating the 2024/25 season. This is how the Sporting striker performed for the Gunners.

In his first season, Gyokeres was rotated in and out of the Arsenal XI often, starting 25 games and making a further 21 appearances off the bench in all competitions. The Swedish striker was very impressive, and he ended the campaign as the Gunners’ top goalscorer.

The 25-year-old grabbed 18 goals under Arteta, two more than Bukayo Saka (16) and three more than Gabriel Jesus (15). Compared to the other attackers at the club, he averaged the second-lowest rating per game (7), with only Kai Havertz (6.93) averaging lower.

At the end of the 2024/25 season, Football Manager 2024 put together an overall best Arsenal XI, based on performances, statistics, and other metrics. This is what it looked like:

Full Arsenal best XI: (4-3-3): Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Timber, Odegaard, Rice; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

Despite ending the season as the club’s top goalscorer, Gyokeres didn’t make the Arsenal best XI, with Jesus beating him to the striker spot due to his better average rating. Jurrien Timber made the best XI but in the midfield three alongside Declan Rice and Martin Odegaard.

It was another successful season for Arsenal in the Premier League as they battled Manchester City for the title, but the Gunners fell short, ending the season in second place. 25 wins, seven draws and eight losses saw Arteta’s side end the campaign with 76 points, seven fewer than City in first.

Gyokeres’ best competition for Arsenal was the Champions League, with the striker grabbing nine of his goals in the competition. His contribution was important, with the Swede scoring in the final as Arsenal beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 to lift the prestigious trophy.

Arteta’s side made it a double after their 2-0 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final, but they weren’t able to find any success in the Carabao Cup, losing 1-0 to Liverpool in the third round.

Overall, FM24 predicts that Gyokeres could be the clinical finisher that Arsenal has been looking for. His overall contribution may not be as good as Jesus, but his finishing abilities played a vital role in the Gunners winning two trophies in the simulation.

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