Arsenal fans have witnessed their worst ever start to an EPL campaign, under new manager Mikel Arteta. They have more reasons to be worried as the form of star strikers Aubameyang and Lacazette have steeply diminished. Arsenal’s roster has a surplus of attacking options with the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Willian and Bukayo Saka. But on the pitch, Saka is the only real threat.
Arsenal failed to score a single league goal from open play in November. Arteta himself should be partially held responsible for the current attacking problems. His system doesn’t provide enough service to the forwards. Also, Arsenal are currently lacking a poacher with incredible aerial ability.
Aubemayang is pushed to the wide left in the new system and he barely gets into the box. At this juncture, it seems Arsenal’s technical director, Edu Gaspar has found the solution to this crisis.
The top target for Arsenal in this transfer window is Valencia’s Maximiliano Gomez. The 24-year-old Uruguayan has netted a significant number of goals already for his club and country. The centre-forward offers a strong threat in the box from headers. His aerial statistics are good with 47% of success in aerial duels.
Considering the fact that Arsenal is the team to have attempted the most number of crosses in the EPL so far, Gomez could be a good signing for the Gunners. The player has attracted strong interest from multiple clubs, with Arsenal’s London rivals Tottenham Hotspur being one of them.
Gomez has a colossal £125 million release clause in his contract, but considering the financial catastrophe the Spanish giants are going through under Peter Lim and Anil Murthy, it seems that Gomez will be available for a cut-price deal. Having seen Valencia sell assets like Ferran Torres, Rodrigo, and Coquelin for cheap, Arsenal might test the waters with a bid this month.