- Arsenal preparing a list of strikers to replace Alexandre Lacazette
- The Sun. Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin is on their list, according to a report in
- Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins also mentioned as target by Arsenal chiefs
- Lacazette is in the final year of his contract and is set to leave the Gunners
Arsenal have reportedly placed Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins at the top of their list of wanted strikers.
Everton forward Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa striker Watkins are two names Arsenal are targeting as they prepare for the departure of Alexandre Lacazette, according to a report Sun.
Lacazette is believed to be exiting Arsenal as he has less than a year left on his contract.
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin reportedly placed on Arsenal’s wanted strikers list
Aston Villa striker Olly Watkins has also been placed on his wish list, according to The Sun.
The 30-year-old Frenchman is yet to make his Premier League debut this season, as preparations for the campaign were marred by a Covid infection.
Arsenal could consider cashing in on Lacazette in the January transfer window to avoid leaving him free after five months but coach Mikel Arteta are only willing to let him go if they can find a replacement.
However, after spending £148 million on six new players over the summer, splashing out more cash than any other club in the Premier League, his big money move is unlikely in January.
Arsenal are plotting their move for a striker as Alexandre Lacazette prepares to leave next June
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is planning the future and is said to be targeting young strikers
But whether Lacazette moves in January or June, his departure will leave Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the club’s only proven striker and Arteta wants to make sure he is well prepared in the short and long term.
Arteta has reportedly told Arsenal’s director of football to start looking for another striker to ease his move from Lacazette.
Arteta is building his team around youth, as shown by placing so much faith in home forwards Emil Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka, who led Tottenham’s own derby demolition last month.
Arteta’s faith in young players can be seen in his summer vocals, such as £50m Ben White
Arteta has reportedly told director of football Edu (left) to start the search for a new striker
His emphasis on young players can also be seen in players brought in over the summer such as 23-year-old Ben White, 21-year-old Nuno Tavares and 22-year-old Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Calvert-Lewin, 24, and Watkins, 25, are both older than any of the six players the club signed over the summer, but still fit in with Arteta’s long-term vision.
But both the forwards have deals with their clubs till 2025 and it will cost a considerable amount to award the prize.
Calvert-Lewin is Everton’s most exciting forward since Wayne Rooney and the club will be desperate to retain their home star as they build an exciting future at their new home at Bramley-Moore Dock, which they will move to in 2024. hope to do.