Arsenal ends 2023 with a trip to Fulham, marking the second consecutive London derby in less than a week. Coach Marco Silva and his team are going through a series of bad form with 4 winless matches in all competitions – including 3 defeats, but they still have enough to defeat the Gunners with a final score of 2-1.
Certainly, this defeat showed coach Mikel Arteta many things, especially the remaining weaknesses in Arsenal’s squad. Recently, the media has always affirmed that Douglas Luiz is the Gunners’ number one transfer target, but considering the current situation, the Emirates Stadium team needs to change their plans for the January market.
In the loss to Fulham , Arteta placed his trust in Eddie Nketiah to play the “leading” role in attack, but in return, the English striker delivered an extremely lackluster performance. During his 90 minutes on the field, Nketiah had only 1 shot on target and had only 23 touches of the ball – lower than any other player on both teams (only counting players competing). full 90 minutes).
Obviously, this is not the first time Nketiah has disappointed. Since scoring a hat-trick against Sheffield United in October, he has only scored one more goal in his last 12 appearances in all competitions. If counted within the Premier League, the 24-year-old striker is going through a series of 9 “failed” matches. Obviously, Nketiah is completely unable to shoulder the responsibility of scoring goals for Arsenal – a candidate to win the Premier League.
Also in the loss to Fulham, Gabriel Jesus was brought onto the field in the 67th minute and did not leave any mark on the field. The Brazilian striker’s only shot did not hit the target, and he only had 10 touches of the ball and 4 accurate passes in about 30 minutes of play. Similar to Nketiah, with 3 goals after 15 appearances in the Premier League this season, Arsenal also completely cannot put their trust in Jesus for the task of “leading” the attack.
Instead of the midfield, it’s easy to see that Arsenal’s attack is the area that needs to be urgently upgraded at the moment, when Arteta doesn’t have any truly classy central strikers. Of course, it will be very difficult to recruit Victor Osimhen or Ivan Toney in the winter transfer window, but at least the Gunners should determine that their top target is a “number 9” and put all their effort into it. concretize this plan in the winter transfer period.
Besides the two stars mentioned above, there are still many more potential and possible targets for Arsenal in the January market, typically the cases of Youssef En-Nesyri, Benjamin Sesko, Serhou Guirassy or Gabriel Barbosa. Although they may not be as classy as Osimhen or Toney, they will certainly still become quality additions to the Gunners’ central striker position.