Arsenal have put Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa’s Ole Watkins on their shortlist of strikers, as Mikel Arteta looks for a new striker as Alexandre Lacazette prepares to leave.
- Arsenal had drawn up a list of attackers to replace Alexandre Lacazette
- Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin is on their list, according to a report in The Sun newspaper.
- Arsenal chiefs also mentioned Aston Villa’s Ole Watkins as a target
- Lacazette is in the final year of his contract and is set to leave Arsenal
Arsenal They put Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ole Watkins at the top of their wanted list.
Everton Striker Calvert Lewin and Aston Villa Striker Watkins are two of the names Arsenal are targeting as they prepare for the departure of Alexandre Lacazette, according to a report in The Guardian. the sun.
Lacazette is believed to be on his way out of Arsenal as he has less than a year left on his contract.
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been named to Arsenal’s wanted list of strikers
Aston Villa striker Oli Watkins has also been put on their wish list, according to The Sun
The 30-year-old Frenchman has yet to make the start of the Premier League this season after his campaign preparations were affected by the Covid infection.
Arsenal may consider making money from Lacazette in the January transfer window to avoid him leaving for free after five months, but manager Mikel Arteta is only willing to let him go if they can find a replacement.
They are unlikely to make major financial moves in January, though, having spent £148m on six new players over the summer, spending more money than any other club in the Premier League.
Arsenal are planning a transfer for a striker as Alexandre Lacazette prepares to leave in June
Arsenal chief Mikel Arteta is planning ahead and reportedly targeting young strikers
But whether Lacazette departs in January or June, his departure will leave Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the club’s only proven striker, and Arteta wants to make sure they are well prepared for both the short and long term.
Arteta has reportedly asked Arsenal’s director of football to start looking for another striker now to facilitate the move from Lacazette.
Arteta is building his squad around youngsters, as evidenced by the huge faith in homegrown strikers Emile Smith-Roe and Bukayo Saka, who spearheaded Tottenham’s derby defeat last month.
Arteta’s faith in young players can be seen in his summer songs, such as the £50m Ben White
Arteta is reported to have asked Director of Football Edo (left) to start looking for a new striker
His focus on younger players can also be seen in the players he brought over the summer such as 23-year-old Ben White, 21-year-old Nuno Tavares and 22-year-old Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Calvert Lewin, 24, and Watkins, 25, are both older than any of the six players the club signed in the summer but still align with Arteta’s long-term vision.
But both strikers have signed deals with their clubs until 2025 and will cost a significant amount of money.
Calvert Lewin is Everton’s most exciting striker since Wayne Rooney and the club were desperate to keep their local star as they build for an exciting future at their new home at Bramley-Moore Dock, which they hope to move into in 2024.