Although coach Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Bukayo Saka is fine after rumors about an Achilles injury, obviously, Arsenal still needs to prepare for the worst scenario if this striker has to take time off due to injury. In fact, the Gunners have long been close to having to reduce the burden on Saka, who showed signs of “exhaustion” at the end of last season due to constantly having to play in all competitions.
Recruit a wing striker
In fact, there were many rumors suggesting that Arsenal planned to strengthen the right-wing striker position last summer, with potential targets such as Michael Olise or Moussa Diaby, but in the end there was no such thing. any “gun muzzle” arriving at the Emirates. It is expected that the Gunners will be less busy with the task of upgrading the squad or purifying the force during the winter transfer period, so they can completely consider implementing this plan.
But of course, recruiting a quality player in the middle of the season is always a difficult task, especially when the transfer market is lacking truly classy right-wing strikers. According to Football London, Sporting CP star Marcus Edwards may become Arsenal’s target because he fits the criteria Arteta sets for his right-wing striker: left-footed. .
Last season, Edwards experienced an explosive season with 12 goals and 14 assists in all competitions last season, and he will certainly become a quality backup plan for Bukayo Saka, even compete for the starting position with the English striker. In the past, Sporting also accepted to part with one of their pillars, Bruno Fernandes, in the winter transfer window.
Trust Nelson or test Jesus
As mentioned, it will not be easy for Arsenal to recruit a quality winger in the upcoming market, so Arteta can also consider using available options. The safest choice is to put your trust in Reiss Nelson, whose contract was originally extended by Arsenal to act as a backup for Saka. At the same time, Gabriel Jesus is also an option worth considering for Arteta, because the Brazilian striker can play well in any position on the attack.
In fact, when he was playing for Manchester City, Jesus was often used by coach Pep Guardiola as a right wing striker and he also performed quite well in this position. With the similarities in the football styles of Pep and Arteta, Jesus can absolutely be arranged to play on the wing when necessary.
Give “treasures” a chance
If he wants to take a risk, Arteta can decide to rely on some of the talent in the youth team, typically in the case of Amario Cozier-Duberry, who is also left-footed and plays as a right wing striker, similar to Saka. . Considered one of the brightest talents at Hale End currently, Amario made his mark with a total of 31 goals and assists after 63 appearances for the youth team.
According to Football London, Amario’s strengths are the combination of speed, ability to control the ball in tight spaces and intelligent movement, making him a tough opponent for any defense.
Huynh Phong | 00:29 September 16, 2023