Arsenal’s hopes of signing Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina have been dashed and they will struggle to buy Alexander Isak, Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Ollie Watkins before the deadline.
Arsenal are struggling to sign a striker before the January 31 transfer deadline.
The Gunners are looking for a new talisman after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dismissed as captain in December.
He hasn’t played since losing the armband, although manager Mikel Arteta may be forced to accept his ‘last resort‘ and reinstate the Gabon international into the squad.
Juventus and Barcelona are both interested in signing Aubameyang on loan this month, although it’s unclear whether Arsenal deem their respective offers reasonable.
Fiorentina ace Dusan Vlahovic – Arteta’s main striker – is set to join Juventus after his agent didn’t even listen to Arsenal’s offer.
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And Dominic Calvert-Lewin – the Spaniard’s alternative option – is set to stay with Everton until the end of the season as they seek to survive the threat of relegation to the Premier League.
According to ESPNArteta will try to mend his relationship with Aubameyang – at least until the end of the season – if Arsenal can’t get a striker through the door.
The Gunners are said to be frustrated with Vlahovic’s camp, believing their interest was used as a ‘smokescreen’ to negotiate his proposed transfer to Juventus.
Arsenal will continue their search for a striker, although that is easier said than done.
They are believed to have to spend €90m – around £75m – to land highly rated Swedish striker Alexander Isak.
It would be a huge gamble though, as the 22-year-old has scored just four goals in 18 La Liga appearances this season and is yet to enjoy a 20-goal campaign.
Lille star Jonathan David is another possibility, but he is believed to want to stay with the French champions until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old is likely to have several transfer options this summer, with rumors suggesting both Chelsea and Tottenham are interested in his services.
Arsenal could also make a bid for Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins, but the ambitious club would only accept a tempting offer for the 26-year-old.
Watkins will also want to stay at Villa and play under Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard, who recently lured Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne to the West Midlands.
In terms of short-term options, Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic is available on loan and former Chelsea ace Diego Costa is a free agent.
Both have questionable disciplinary records, however, which will worry Arteta. Aubameyang was fired for a “disciplinary offence”.
Not only are Arsenal struggling to sign a striker, but they are also struggling to keep their current stars at the Emirates.
Alternate skipper Alexandre Lacazette, 30, is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to be offered a new contract.
Striker Eddie Nketiah, 22, is in the same situation and is believed to have rejected two renewal offers from the Gunners, with many clubs interested in signing him.
Aubameyang has struggled for goals since Arteta’s appointment in December 2019.
In his first two years at Arsenal, he found the back of the net 43 times in the Premier League. Over the next two years, however, that number dropped to 25.