Emiliano Martinez has already told Arsenal why they must sign £28.8m striker amid transfer links

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Arsenal will likely need to sign a striker in the next year.

Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are both into the final year of their contracts at the Emirates Stadium, with neither appearing likely to sign a new deal in the coming months.

Therefore, technical director Edu will need to add a prolific centre-forward to the ranks, especially considering club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goalscoring exploits have declined in recent months.

The Gunners have been linked with a number of strikers, with the likes of Lautaro Martinez, Dusan Vlahovic and Alexander Isak all named as potential targets for next summer’s transfer window.

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Now, The Sun have claimed that manager Mikel Arteta has already told Edu to begin searching for a new centre-forward and English internationals Ollie Watkins and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are both mooted as potential Lacazette replacements.

Watkins, who is valued at £28.8million on Transfermarkt, plies his trade with former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who has previously heaped praise on the 25-year-old.

“He’s been outstanding for us, not just the goal-scoring and the finishing but his work ethic,” Martinez said back in 2020. “He’s a nightmare for defenders.”

The Gunners know all too well about Watkins’ ability in front of goal as the former Brentford frontman netted a brace during Villa’s famous 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium last term, a game that Martinez also played in.

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The 29-year-old plied his trade with Arsenal for 10 years, enjoying a productive spell as Arteta’s No.1 during the north London club’s FA Cup run in 2020 which saw them clinch the trophy for a record 14th time following a 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the final.

However, the Argentine joined the Midlands club just a few months later, signing for a reported £20million.

Source by Football London

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