WHISPER it quietly, however this Arsenal facet are finally fun to watch, aren’t they?
In Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Martinelli, boss Mikel Arteta is blessed with a really particular attacking trio of stylish footballers who’ve every little thing he craves.
And don’t overlook the Croydon De Bruyne, Emile Smith Rowe, off the bench, too.
Saka’s confidence is so excessive it’s now overflowing – and his companions in attack are reaping the rewards.
Against Leicester, Saka and Martinelli had been on it from the primary whistle, working at tempo, terrifying the Foxes full-backs and placing on a spectacle.
Odegaard added the ending touches, the stylish imaginative and prescient and execution most others contained in the Emirates this afternoon may solely dream of.
To be truthful, it does assist when you’ve magnets in your boots.
But for all their slick assaults and the minutes of motion missed as these in entrance of us within the press field had been out of their seats time and time again, there appeared to be one lacking hyperlink.
Alexandre Lacazette wasn’t actually… concerned.
The out-of-contract Frenchman could have caught his penalty away, typically attracts others in and is now the stand-in captain… however loads of others can do this simply as nicely.
What Arsenal want is a correct goalscorer.
Lacazette’s penalty was simply his fourth purpose within the Premier League this season.
No disrespect – however the others got here towards Crystal Palace, Southampton and one other spot-kick previous Norwich. That speaks volumes.
Find themselves a TRULY world-class No9 in the summertime and this team could nicely nearly be full for the subsequent part of this Arteta rebuild.
Yes, they aren’t at Manchester City or Liverpool’s high quality or energy in depth.
But for a team specializing in retaining their common place within the Champions League, a deadly finisher is the lacking piece on this ever-evolving jigsaw.
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Alexander Isak has been linked, as has Dominic Calvert-Lewin who has Premier League expertise, and each match the profile the membership would need to match into this attack – younger, hungry, thrilling.
Both of these would value in extra of £50million – plus they would doubtless need to recruit elsewhere with central midfielders Youri Tielemans and Ruben Neves linked.
Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema each go into the ultimate yr of their respective offers at Bayern Munich and Real Madrid subsequent season.
They proved to devastating impact within the Champions League simply how a lot high quality they nonetheless possess this week.
And with the futures of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe doubtlessly threatening one – if not each – of their assured beginning spots, may Arsenal tempt them to transfer to London?
Yes, they would have to end within the top 4 to have any hope, in fact – however at this price will do this.
Yes, they would want to partially rip up their switch coverage to usher in one other 30-something centre-forward.
Yes, Lewandowski or Benzema would need massive wages, offset by doubtlessly sealing a cut-price switch price.
But assured objectives and a real nice striker to study off might be a masterstroke with frightening rewards – slightly than the potential danger of somebody like Isak.
As I say, it’s not essentially the Arsenal mannequin and so they could not need to go in that path – but it surely is absolutely worth asking the query.