Arsenal can begin the new season with the confidence that a top-tier striker will put Mikel Arteta’s team in a strong position to qualify for the Champions League. The Gunners’ lack of a forward presence was the deciding factor in their failure to finish in the top four.
According to statistics from last season, a goal-scoring forward will offer the North London club a significant advantage in qualifying for Europe’s top league.
Arsenal’s forward options last season were Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette. However, a considerable upgrade to these possibilities will undoubtedly aid the Gunners in achieving their next objective.
Arsenal finished fourth in the Premier League for expected goals in the 2021/2022 season, as well as fourth in the division for the number of shots attempted and the same position for the number of touches in the opposition box, according to Sky Sports News.
Arsenal should have finished in the top four with these numbers. Arteta’s team, on the other hand, was sixth in the Premier League in terms of goals scored, with 61, and twelfth in terms of shooting conversion rate, with 14.6 percent.
These two statistics highlight the importance of having a goal-scoring striker. And how correcting this issue may be the difference between Arsenal finishing fourth instead of fifth, as Arteta’s team was doomed to finish at the end of the season.
The Gunners will pursue two centre-forwards, as previously reported by Sports Deputy. According to reports in London, City striker Jesus and Roma forward Tammy Abraham are among the shortlisted candidates for the Emirates Stadium. Jesus, in particular, has expressed an interest in leaving the current Premier League champions, with his agent apparently holding conversations with Edu in recent months.
The Gunners are considering an opening bid for Jesus, according to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano. Even if his current contract is not extended, Manchester City wants roughly £50 million for the forward.
Arteta and the Brazilian international have already worked together at the club, when the Spaniard was a member of Guardiola’s coaching team for three years. This provides yet additional reason to sign him and improve the attacking line for next season.
Jesus played 6931 minutes for Arteta and scored 55 goals during his stint with the club. This translated to an average of 0.71 goals per 90 minutes. This is a better record than when Arteta departed City since, without the Spaniard, Jesus has played 6850 minutes and scored 39 goals, averaging 0.51 goals per game.
When Arteta was coaching him, Jesus improved his goal-scoring by 39%, and the two might rekindle their relationship if the Brazilian decides to join Arsenal at the end of the season.
Arsenal has had Abraham on its radar since last year. His outstanding season at AS Roma, during which he became the highest-scoring Englishman in Serie A in a single season, makes him an appealing addition.
Arteta’s forward line would benefit from both forwards. If Arsenal signs either of these players, their chances of finishing in the top four would improve, as data from previous seasons show.