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Arsenal may be able to land Olivier Giroud replacement in Maxi Gomez

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Arsenal may be able to land Olivier Giroud replacement in Maxi Gomez

Arsenal are being linked with a move for Valencia striker Maxi Gomez.

The Daily Mail claimed yesterday that the Gunners are keeping an eye on the situation, with the Spanish club needing to raise funds amid a difficult financial situation.

They see Gomez as a means of generating a significant sum, despite the player only arriving in the summer of 2019.

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In his time with Valencia, Gomez has scored 13 goals in 53 games and in La Liga, he has 43 in total in the competition across stints with Celtia Vigo and Los Che.

Arsenal’s apparent interest in Gomez is interesting.

The Uruguay international striker would bring qualities not really associated with current options Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

 

The burly 24-year-old – previously described by his old Defensor Sporting coach Eduardo Acevedo as being ‘very powerful’ (ESPN) –  is more about holding the ball up and bringing others into play, as well as being effective in the air.

He is someone that could potentially bring Olivier Giroud-like qualities, with the Gunners lacking a target man option.

TBR’s View – Gomez the kind of player Arsenal need

He is slightly shorter than Giroud, but Gomez is very much about being a focal point for his team.

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According to WhoScored statistics, the South American has averaged 3.6 aerial duels won per 90 in La Liga so far, with Giroud averaging 0.7 in the Premier League for Chelsea.

Giroud has mainly made substitute appearances, but it’s still an impressive average from Gomez.

He would just offer something a little bit different for Arsenal as Giroud often did, and if there’s a suggestion Valencia will be letting him go for a decent fee next month then Mikel Arteta should be all over it.

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