25 May 2022 | 14:21 | Football
Arteta talks about Arsenal’s ambitions
It’s no surprise that Arsenal will be looking for more strikers at the end of this season. Dusan Vlahovic was a target who was very close to the Gunners in January but he chose to join Juventus. Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin have also been linked with Arsenal recently. However, according to recent reports, it looks like the Gunners have changed their focus to Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.
The Uruguayan striker is in impressive form, pocketing 24 goals in 33 matches in all competitions. Among his victims this season are big names like Bayern Munich, Barca or Ajax. At the age of 22, he is very suitable for the club’s rejuvenation policy and it is not strange if the Kroenke family grants money to Mikel Arteta to spend heavily on Nunez’s signature.
In addition, Football.London also reported that PSV’s Cody Gakpo is in the sights of the Emirates Stadium team. Yesterday, journalist Fabrizio Romano wrote on Twitter that Arsenal has a connection with Gakpo, but it is not easy to reach an agreement when many other big teams are also ready to enter.
In a most ideal case, if Arsenal get both of these signatures, then they also have to carefully consider how to play next season.
Accordingly, if the current 4-3-3 (variant 4-2-3-1) is maintained, Nunez will play the highest in attack. Midfield will include Thomas Partey, Granite Xhaka and Martin Odegaard kick the highest.
Meanwhile, Bukayo Saka with the current brilliant form, will definitely default to a spot on the right corridor. At this point, Gakpo will have to be satisfied with the strategic reserve position. This is a squad that can take advantage of Nunez’s speed and direct play.
In addition, playing 4-3-3 with a virtual 9 is also a potential option for Arteta. From the beginning of the season to now, Lacazette has played in this position. The effect is still there but not at the highest level as expected by Gunners fans.
Next season, they can completely test Emile Smith Rowe at the virtual 9 position. Arteta commented on Smith Rowe as follows: “He can play in four positions. Left winger, left winger, right winger and plays the number 9 very, very well.”
In fact, this season, Nunez has played many games in the position of left wing striker. Here, he will take advantage of his speed and make cross-cutting situations to finish.
All in all, Both Gakpo and Nunez are mobile enough to play in a variety of formations. It will give Arsenal a lively attack if they decide to spend.