‘Looks like they want to…’ – Reporter hints Arsenal could finally end massive 4-year problem

Arsenal want to sign a striker who offers a physical presence up front this summer, according to the Daily Star reporter Paul Brown.

Premier League - Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion

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Premier League – Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion

The Gunners are in contention for a top four finish this season but finding the net has been difficult for the team in recent weeks.

What’s going on at Arsenal?

A few weeks ago, Arsenal seemed to be in pole position to regain the Champions League next season.

However, they have lost three of their last four league games which has seen Tottenham leapfrog them in the table.

During this period, the men of Mikel Arteta scored only twice as they suffered defeats against Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Brighton.

Over the whole season, Arsenal’s lack of goals from their forwards has been a major problem. Alexandre Lacazette has scored just four top-flight goals this season, none from open play in 2022, while Eddie Nketiah is yet to score at all in the Premier League.

In fact, Arsenal have arguably had a problem with not having a top target man since Olivier Giroud left the club in 2018.

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What has Brown said about Arsenal’s summer plans?

Brown believes Arsenal want to bring in a new striker in the off-season, particularly with Lacazette and Nketiah both out of contract in June.

He advised the North London club to look for a physical centre-forward who can add a different dimension to the squad, which has been lacking since Giroud’s departure.

Brown told GIVEMESPORT: “Looks like they want a bigger centre-forward with a bit of muscle to give them something they haven’t really had in recent seasons, which is probably wise enough.”

“There will be slight question marks over the style and whether the back three or four can work with Calvert-Lewin or Isak, but buying someone like that would give them another option and another way to play, so I can see the logic in it.

Who could Arsenal sign to fill this role?

Arsenal were keen on Dusan Vlahovic in January, but the 6ft3 striker opted to join Juventus instead.

They have since turned their attention to Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who is also comfortably over 6ft tall. The 25-year-old had a difficult year at Goodison Park, scoring just three league goals, but he netted 16 top-flight goals last season to prove he can cut it at the top level. Brown also mentioned Alexander Isak, who currently plays for Real Sociedad.

Another name that has popped up is Lautaro Martinez, who is currently trying to win back-to-back Serie A titles with Inter Milan.

Martinez doesn’t have the same height advantages as Calvert-Lewin and Isak, but he is nicknamed “El Toro” (“The Bull”), a reference to his strength and tenacity when getting on the ball.

Calvert-Lewin, Isak and Martinez both look like solid targets for Arsenal, who badly need a reliable striker if they are to continue next year under Arteta.