Easy £15m Edu decision would have saved Arsenal against Crystal Palace and solved Arteta issue – Bailey Keogh

Arsenal missed the opportunity to win three consecutive Premier League games at home after a disappointing draw to Crystal Palace on Monday evening.

Two costly errors led to both of the Eagles’ goals which were reminiscent of the mistakes committed last season.

One of the scorers last night was Odsonne Edouard who punished Arsenal on the counter-attack with a thunderous strike past Aaron Ramsdale.

This goal in particular was bitter-sweet for Arsenal fans because supporters expected the Frenchman’s first goal at the Emirates to be in a red and white shirt.

The 23-year-old had been linked with a move to the club after it emerged he was available to sign for a bargain £15m from Celtic.



Crystal Palace's French striker Odsonne Edouard scored the Eagle's second goal against Arsenal on Monday evening.
Crystal Palace’s French striker Odsonne Edouard scored the Eagle’s second goal against Arsenal on Monday evening.

A deal looked even more likely as It seemed nailed on that Eddie Nketiah was going to make the switch to south London and join Crystal Palace after serious interest was shown by Patrick Vieira.

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The two clubs had been negotiating a deal which led to the Eagles tabling an £8 million bid but it was rejected as the Gunners valued him at around £12 million.

This transfer would have created space and funds for a striker in a team, which Edouard would have filled perfectly.



Eddie Nketiah failed to complete his Crystal Palace move as Arsenal demanded £20m from the Eagles.
Eddie Nketiah failed to complete his Crystal Palace move as Arsenal demanded £20m from the Eagles.

Both Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette were available to be sold due to both of their contracts expiring in the summer.

Edouard would have been the ideal backup option and his performance against the Gunners on Monday evening was proof of that.

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Not only is he a good striker but he can play as an inside forward from the left-hand side which Arsenal are lacking at the moment as it seems the club’s best wingers in Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka favour the right-hand side.

Arsenal have scored fewer goals than games played for the first time in Premier League history after gameweek eight with a lack of balance in attack being a major factor in that.

Edouard would have been a good solution to these issues.

The 23-year-old had 57 league goals in 78 games for Celtic and just like Nketiah, he holds the record for the most goals at under-21 level for his country, showing that he would be a more than capable competitor for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Mikel Arteta and Edu certainly let this bargain slip which led to them paying a heavy price during the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace on Monday evening.

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