Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith feels Mikel Arteta ought to look to signal Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins forward of Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The Gunners could also be available in the market for a brand new hitman. Alexandre Lacazette can be out of contract in the summertime and has proven no indicators of extending his keep in north London. And, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang presently out of the image resulting from disciplinary causes, Arteta might act in January.
Calvert-Lewin has been closely linked with a transfer to the Emirates. The 24-year-old bagged 21 objectives from 39 appearances in all competitions final time period.
He has been capped 11 occasions by England and responded with 4 objectives. Damage has robbed the Toffees of their hitman for many of the present marketing campaign up to now.
The Sheffield-born ace has made simply three appearances in 2021-2022. And he scored in every match, the final being a 2-0 overcome Brighton in late August.
Rafa Benitez’s aspect has suffered in his absence, successful simply three top-flight video games whereas he has been sidelined. Studies earlier this week instructed the capital outfit have been contemplating a transfer for the previous Sheffield United star.
However Smith has his doubts over the Goodison man and has urged them to change focus to the West Midlands.
“I wouldn’t say Calvert-Lewin is a perfect match for Arsenal,” he informed Sky Sports. “In some ways he’s an old school centre-forward and he loves balls being swung into the field and there’s not many higher at getting his head to the ball and attacking it.
“When it comes to his motion, perhaps Ollie Watkins is a striker I’d have thought Arsenal would have a look at, however are they him?”
Watkins ticks Arsenal packing containers
Watkins made his title at Brentford, scoring 25 Championship objectives in 2019-2020. Villa got here calling in September final 12 months and the Devon-born ace loved a strong first Premier League marketing campaign.
He notched 14 objectives and has earned 5 England caps, scoring as soon as. The previous Exeter Metropolis ahead has bagged 5 occasions for the Villa Park outfit this time period.
He has scored 4 occasions in his final eight video games and Smith believes he may very well be an ideal match for Arsenal.
“I’m unsure Steven Gerrard could be letting him go in a rush,” he added. “Nonetheless, that type of cellular central striker that may actually threaten in behind defenders, maybe, is a little more prefer it.”