Arsenal have £97m January transfer mission after Mikel Arteta reveals what led to Man Utd defeat
After the 3-1 loss at Old Trafford, Mikel Arteta must push for more firepower in January.
Mikel Arteta has a point when he says that Arsenal lacks ruthlessness in front of goal, even if it’s simple to sit here and declare that they must act in the January transfer window following the team’s first loss of the year.
Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, and Gabriel Martinelli are just a few of the intriguing and skilled offensive options on this Arsenal team. It will still miss a game-changer occasionally, and yesterday was one of those instances.
That’s not to suggest the Gunners don’t have one; each player can positively impact the team in their own unique manner, but Pepe’s departure has left an apparent gap in the defense. Do you think the result of yesterday’s game would have been different if Pepe were still present? Most likely not. But that is a part of the problem.
Arsenal has been without a suitable replacement for the regular starters, notably Saka, for far too long, and the quality has suffered as a result. Unfortunately, Emile Smith Rowe or 19-year-old Marquinhos won’t always be the solution. If Arteta wants to go up against the top players in the future, he’ll need to have dependable choices at every position.
We may have missed that extra goal threat in the team for the first time this season in the defeat to Manchester United, who finally capitalized on their opportunities despite playing second-best for the majority of the game. During the game, Arsenal had 16 shots, but they were only able to get three of them on goal, including their lone goal.
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Arteta emphasized the differences between the final products of the two sides while speaking at full time. “There was a noticeable difference between the two boxes. They scored three goals despite having three excellent chances. Despite several opportunities, we didn’t score enough goals “says he. Because of our lack of discipline at particular times to defend certain acts and our lack of ruthlessness in their box, Arteta said, “We haven’t won it.”
The score and outcome may have been different on another day, but if you don’t take chances, you’ll always run the danger of walking away empty-handed. Despite the issues, the club may be able to resolve them in the coming year. It’s crucial to emphasize that Arsenal already has the sources necessary to score goals; they don’t really need a goal scorer. They require someone who will only make them stronger.
A week before the summer window closed, Arteta made an allusion to it when he said, “We know where we are short and where we have to add additional firepower.”
It is unclear who the Spaniard and technical director Edu will turn to, but matches like the one at Old Trafford will serve as a reminder that attacking reinforcements must be taken into account.
If rumours are to be believed, Mykhaylo Mudryk of Shakhtar Donetsk and Pedro Neto of Wolves are two of the front-runners. According to The Athletic, an offer for Mudryk was allegedly in the works when injuries to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny abruptly disrupted plans.
Leandro Trossard of Brighton & Hove Albion, who has been excellent this season in front of goal, is another potential choice.
After been first associated with the Belgian player before his transfer to the Seagulls, it is thought that Arsenal has long been a fan of the player. The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and may be offered at a fair price as a result.
The combined value of all three players, as determined by reports and the CIES Football Observatory, is £97 million.