Struggling Gunners Eye Striker Reinforcements Amidst Premier League Title Ambitions
Arsenal has set a hefty £50 million valuation on striker Eddie Nketiah after rejecting Crystal Palace’s inquiry ahead of the January transfer window. The Gunners, grappling with offensive inconsistencies this season, are considering potential reinforcements amidst criticism directed at Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus for their lackluster performances.
Following Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat against West Ham on Thursday evening, Mikel Arteta’s side dropped to second place in the Premier League table. The team’s offensive struggles were evident as they set a new Premier League record, recording 77 touches inside the opposition penalty box without finding the back of the net.
Both Jesus and Nketiah faced criticism for their on-field performances, with the former failing to convert two golden chances. Arsenal’s attacking woes have fueled speculation about potential transfers, with names like Ivan Toney, Victor Osimhen, and Dominic Solanke linked to the club in the upcoming winter transfer window.
Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations may necessitate Arsenal to offload fringe players before securing new signings. Having spent over £200 million in the summer, the club signed David Raya on a season-long loan deal, adhering to FFP guidelines.
Arteta, facing defensive issues with Jurrien Timber, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Thomas Partey sidelined, now confronts a dilemma heading into January. The team’s struggles to consistently produce goals have hindered their pursuit of a first Premier League title since 2004.
Recent reports from Mail Sport reveal that Arsenal has turned down Crystal Palace’s inquiry to sign Nketiah in the upcoming transfer window. As things stand, the forward is reportedly not available, with Arsenal placing a £50 million price tag on Nketiah’s potential departure from the Emirates Stadium in the new year, according to CBS reporter Ben Jacobs.
Despite Nketiah sitting behind Jesus in the center-forward pecking order, the 24-year-old, with a contract running until 2027, provides Arsenal with a strong negotiating position. However, the club’s stance may shift if they secure a world-class replacement during the January window. The evolving situation regarding Nketiah’s future remains uncertain as the transfer window approaches its latter stages.
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