Jermaine Pennant has warned Mikel Arteta he needs to sign a striker capable of taking them to the next level amid reports they are closing in on a deal for Alexander Isak
Mikel Arteta will need to add a new striker to the squad over the course of the January window, as Alexandre Lacazette cannot find the net on a weekly basis, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons and is seemingly heading out of the club
There was alot of interest from Arsenal in signing Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina, but after he opted to stay in Seria A and sign with Juventus, it leaves the Gunners in a race to sign one of their other targets, Isak
Isak has scored seven goals in 22 appearances for Sociedad so far this season and is a very highly-rated young striker, and recent reports have suggested that he has been spotted in London ahead of completion of his move to the Emirates
Former Arsenal winger Pennant has voiced his concern at the glaring weakness in his old club’s squad and instead of targeting a player with potential he has urged them to try and rival the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United for Borussia Dortmund’s scoring sensation Erling Haaland.
‘They need a good striker,’ Pennant said as part of his role with BestofBets. ‘I watched them against Liverpool in the [Carabao Cup] semi-final and they could have been 2-0 up before half time.
‘But they didn’t have that cutting edge. They had chances – but they need an out and out striker who’s going to get them goals.
‘Erling Haaland at Dortmund – he’d be a great signing for Arsenal. But you’ve got big teams after him including Man City, Man United and Chelsea. And I wonder if Arsenal can, or will, match them in wages – but a player like that would literally kick on Arsenal and take them to the next level.
‘The youngsters are all gelling well – they have got great young players – and Arteta’s got them working well. But they’re just missing that cutting edge – that ruthlessness in front of goal.
‘They need someone who is going to get them 15, 20 goals a season to really keep them in the league – in the top four. And time is ticking.’