Arsenal fans, if all you want to hear about is links to the latest wonderkid defender, look away now. You may already have Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but according to Sky Sports, the Gunners are in for another striker.
The young CSKA Moscow man Fedor Chalov is the striker in question, and whilst no one is doubting his credentials as an out and out goalscorer, he just isn’t what is needed at the Emirates considering their current crisis at the back.
Sky Sports are linking the Gunners with a move for 21-year-old Russian Premier League Golden Boot winner Chalov.
The report claims that the Gunners are rivalled in their interest in Chalov by both Monaco and Sevilla, while also pointing out that the hitman has three years left on his deal with CSKA.
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Considering the youngster’s age and goalscoring record, this could prove to be a pricey deal for Unai Emery, although there’s no mention of a fee in the report.
Arsenal fans have seen him up close too, as he actually scored against them in their Europa League clash with CSKA back in the 2017/18 season.
The first priority for Emery right now is of course his defence. In the last Premier League season, the Gunners shipped 51 goals in the 38 games, ranking 8th out of the top ten clubs, and that is not the sort of stat that gets you into the Champions League.
Emery has the firepower at his disposal to bag plenty at the other end, so bringing in a means of scoring more just doesn’t seem like a wise use of the club’s measly finances.
There’s no reason why Chalov shouldn’t sign, we just don’t think it’s a safe option to bring the Russian in until the defensive issues have been fixed first.
There is no point blowing part of the transfer budget on an inexperienced 21-year-old striker when you’ve got Shkodran Mustafi in your starting line-up, it’s really that simple.
There will be a lot of changes at Arsenal this summer and Chalov would undoubtedly be a good signing if it happened. With so many problems to fix at the other end of the pitch though, Emery has bigger fish to fry and should forget about the young Russian for now.