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Arsenal reportedly to lose out on Odsonne Edouard to Leicester City

Arsenal have reportedly missed out on the signing of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard to Leicester City.

According to the Times, the Gunners have lost the race for the France U-21 striker to Brenden Rodgers’ side. Arsenal have been linked with a move for Edouard for over a year.

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Indeed, Mikel Arteta is likely to sign a striker this summer after a poor season for the north London side. The Gunners struggled to find the back of the net in all competitions. In the Premier League, Arsenal scored fewer goals than the likes of Tottenham, West Ham and Leeds United.

Continuous links between Arsenal and Odsonne Edouard

Edouard is a player Arsenal have held an interest in for some time. The Transfer Window Podcast claimed via the Scottish Sun in September 2020 that the Gunners were tabling a bid for the Celtic attacker.

Celtic fans left short-changed by Sky Sports once again

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Since then, various outlets have linked the 23-year-old forward with the Premier League side over the past 12 months.

Alexandre Lacazette is likely to leave Arsenal this summer, and in Edouard, the Gunners would have had an ideal replacement for the 29-year-old French attacker.

Similar numbers to Sergio Aguero

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Indeed, the France youth international is highly rated amongst Celtic supporters and pundits, and Edouard’s raw numbers back up the hype.

According to scouting tool Smarter Scout, the attacker’s stats are similar to former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. Edouard ranked higher than the Argentina attacker in attacking output and dribbles in a single season, as well as aerial duels in open play.

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With Leicester seemingly winning the race for Edouard, it would be another blow for Arsenal this summer, with the Gunners already losing the race for Emi Buendia to Aston Villa according to the Guardian.

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