5 Players Arsenal Could Sign Instead of Sesko
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5 Players Arsenal Could Sign Instead of Sesko

11/06/24 13:10

Football Park tier one rated source Fabrizio Romano has been the one to first break the news that Slovenian and RB Leipzig striker Benjamin Sesko will stay at his current club, deciding not to make a move to the Premier League amid heavy rumours that he would join North London side Arsenal.

With Arsenal on the hunt for a striker this summer, here at Football Park we have decided to suggest five options that they could go for now that the Sesko move is off.

Alexander Isak

After being heavily linked with the Gunners in the January transfer window, Alexander Isak could be the striker that Arsenal actually submits an actual bid for.

Off the back of another impressive season for Newcastle, scoring 25 goals in all competitions and finishing third in the Premier League Golden Boot race, Isak easily has the potential to replicate that in and Arsenal shirt.

He averaged an xG of 0.81 per 90 minutes in the Premier League, compared to Gabriel Jesus’s 0.39.

Isak stands at 1.92 meters tall making him a threat at set pieces as well as boasting excellent pace and ball carrying ability, assets that Mikel Arteta could mould his side around.

TransferMarkt value him at €75 million but Newcastle will drive a hard bargain for him as the Sweden international is a vital player for Eddie Howe’s side. I think Arsenal could be put off by the price, but he could more than justify the price tag if he moves.

Isak Arsenal

Dusan Vlahovic

Another player linked with Arsenal in the past that could finally get that move is Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic.

Before joining Juventus in 2022, Arsenal were trying to swoop in for him and its unfortunate for them as he will cost a lot more money this time around, but the positive thing would be that they receive a much better version of him.

Vlahovic racked up 16 goals from 2,317 minutes in the Serie A and 2 goals in the Copa Italia. He averaged one of the highest shots per 90 out of the top 5 leagues recording 4.14, Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez being in the number one spot with 4.85.

Similar to Isak, Vlahovic has remarkable pace and is a threat from set pieces given his height. And his market value is placed at €65 million by Transfermarkt.

With the Old Lady being banned from European competitions last season, that fine could continue into this year and if that is the case then I’m sure that with the ambition that he has he will want to play at the top level. With Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League again, is now the time the Vlahovic makes the move.

Dusan Vlahovic

Ollie Watkins

Ollie Watkins has just had the season of his life for Aston Villa and with Arsenal in need of a striker that can score goals, he suits the club down to a tee.

This is a move that could be greatly beneficial to both clubs and player. Arsenal clearly are in need of a striker as Jesus’s goalscoring is not there for a club that has aims to win every competition that they are entered in and Aston Villa are facing financial issues due to FFP laws so selling their best player for a substantial fee would be great for them. At the moment they are looking to move Douglas Luiz on, however I feel Watkins going makes more sense.

The Englishman’s performances this season has deservedly earnt him a spot on the 26 man squad being taken to Germany for Euro 2024 after collecting 27 goals and 13 assists in all competitions.

His capability to find assists has been one of his best qualities as he garnered 0.36 xA per 90, the highest in the Premier League in comparison to other strikers. Gabriel Jesus works in a similar way positioning and link up play wise, but Watkins has the goals on top of that.

Transfermarkt value the Villa number 11 at €65 million which is a very decent deal for a striker in this day and age.

The icing on the cake to this deal is that Watkins is a boyhood Arsenal fan and I feel like that can transcend a player performance because they are at the club they love so if Watkins moves, could he get that elusive Premier League Golden Boot next year?

Ollie Watkins

Victor Gyokeres

Victor Gyokeres has exploded into the conversation after one of the most extraordinary debut seasons at a club in recent history.

When he originally made his move from Championship side Coventry to Sporting Lisbon for €21 million, no one could have predicted the run of form that he would go on.

He has since more than double his market value as Transfermarkt now evaluate him at €65 million, on par with all the other aforementioned strikers in this list, with only fellow Sweden international team Isak valued higher.

In all competitions last season, he bagged an incredible 43 goals and 15 assists in just 50 games, the best output from the top ten leagues in the world.

In Liga Portugal he had a 4.08 shot creating actions per 90 as well as 8.71 touches in the attacking penalty area and 10.97 progressive passes received.

The only thing hampering his deal would be that a lot of the top clubs in the Premier League are also gunning to try and get that elusive signature.

Chelsea were heavily considering brining him in during the January transfer window and are still linked now as well as Liverpool and Manchester United both potentially trying to hijack that move.

Victor Gyokeres

Ivan Toney

Before receiving his 8 months ban from the FA after being found guilty of multiple betting charges, Ivan Toney was the man that Arsenal were searching for. But, there is still a chance that he could swap one London based team for another.

Since coming back in January, the Brentford striker has played 17 matches and clocked up 4 goals and 2 assists.

The season before his ban he scored 21 goals in all competitions and there were talks of him moving for around £100 million.

Now that he is eligible to play football again, he has earned himself a place in the England squad for Euro 2024 and has a respectable €50 million market value according to Transfermarkt.

Out of the 1,450 minutes he played last season, per 90, he averaged 0.62 interceptions with the highest in the Premier League being the person he would be replacing in Gabriel Jesus.

Disregarding his finishing abilities, especially his exceptional penalty record, his work rate and press are some of his best traits. This is something that would put him in favour for Mikel Arteta has he has proven he press just as well as Jesus can with the addition of a knack for goalscoring.

He might start off a bit rusty but once he gets into a flow, there no question that he could do very well for Arsenal.

Ivan Toney

Some honourable mentions would have to be Victor Osimhen but he is likely to be too much money and PSG’s Mbappe replacement, or Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez who scored 24 goals in Serie A last season.

Either way its clear that Mikel Arteta wants a striker and these five players could all slot into his system and potentially be the missing piece of the puzzle for Arsenal to win the Premier League next season, it just depends on what the board’s preferences are.

Benji Kosartiyer
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