Three strikers Arsenal could sign this summer
Kieran Beckles picks three strikers Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger should look to target in the summer transfer window
The European choice: Gonzalo Higuain
The Argentina striker has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium on and off over the past three seasons. Gonzalo Higuain set a new Serie A record last season after 36 goals in 35 Serie A games but questions marks linger over his big-game mentality. The 27-year-old struggled in the 2014 World Cup and has never really performed to his domestic standards in the Champions League. Can Arsenal afford to pay a fee in the region of £40-50m for a striker who may prove nothing more than a more expensive Olivier Giroud in Europe? The majority of his 15 European goals for Napoli have come in the Europa League.
The Ligue 1 option: Alexandre Lacazette
Arsene Wenger has never been opposed to dipping into the French league to sign a hidden gem. Nicolas Anelka, Sylvain Wiltord and Robert Pires are just three players who were big hits in the Premier League following a move to Arsenal from France. Now, Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette is being heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium. The France striker is already pretty well known to Gunners supporters, not least because the 25-year-old played in last year’s Emirates Cup. The questions is whether Lacazette can transfer his form to Ligue 1 from the Premier League, something which some French players have struggled to do over the years.
The Brazilian wildcard: Gabriel Barbosa
Wenger isn’t afraid of bringing in a virtual unknown despite calls from Gunners supporters for a big-name signing. Just look at Arsenal’s acquisition of Japanese starlet Takuma Asano. Gabriel Barbosa is a bigger name than Asano given his exploits for Santos and Brazil in recent seasons. Aged 19, Barbosa has already scored 55 times in 151 games for the Brazilian club in four seasons in the first-team. Perhaps more encouragingly for Arsenal supporters is his record in the Brazil national team. Barbosa has scored two goals in four appearances. His age fits the profile of a Wenger signing as well as his enormous potential. The only issue would be the time that it would take for the South American teenager to adapt to the Premier League. Would Wenger feel the benefit of signing Barbosa before his presumed retirement in the coming seasons?