Arsenal have as many as three exciting strikers on their shortlist this month…
That’s according to the very reliable David Ornstein of The Athletic, who delivered a fresh update on the Gunners’ transfer plans.
“Dusan Vlahovic is their key target for that position with very credible backup options – the likes of Alexander Isak at Real Sociedad and Dominic Calvert-Lewin has admirers at Arsenal,” he told The Athletic’s football podcast.
“Vlahovic is going to be really difficult. They’re pushing hard or they have been pushing hard. I’ve not been made aware of any progress in recent days.”
With the Fiorentina marksman becoming increasingly out of reach for the north London giants, it’s very encouraging to learn that the club have a range of options, in which Calvert-Lewin is one.
The 24-year-old Everton forward, who has now been capped 11 times by England, is a solid alternative to the Serbian and perhaps even the safer choice. That’s largely due to his prolific record and experience in the Premier League.
He has missed a large part of this season with a fractured foot but he had started with three goals in as many games prior to the setback. Last campaign, he bagged 21 goals in 39 appearances across all competitions, further adding to his tally of 15 in 2019/20.
What should make him even more appealing is the fact that he looked up to Thierry Henry as a role model growing up, as revealed during an interview with Sky Sports.
“Thierry Henry is my other idol. Whenever I used to try and get football shirts it was Thierry Henry’s football shirt because he was my favourite player, and I don’t think you can argue with that one,” he said.
Something that Cavert-Lewin would offer Arsenal that perhaps the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette do not is his aerial ability.
The Englishman won 4.3 aerials per game last season and that had increased to 5.3 this term, albeit based on more limited outings, as per WhoScored.
“He must be a nightmare to play against and he has an incredible leap on him like Cristiano Ronaldo,” once claimed his Toffees teammate Richarlison, via talkSPORT.
On the above evidence, the Emirates Stadium faithful have plenty to be excited about. If they do not land Vlahovic, then someone like Calvert-Lewin is certainly an exciting and reliable alternative.
Following Ornstein’s revelation, there is plenty for Arsenal fans to be buzzing about heading into the remainder of the transfer window.