Arsenal reportedly want £33m Thierry Henry 2.0, fans should be buzzing - TBR View
Arsenal have reportedly earmarked Ollie Watkins as a potential transfer target amid Alexandre Lacazette’s uncertain future at the Emirates.
The France international’s Gunners contract expires at the end of the season and Arsenal haven’t offered him a new deal.
The Sun claims Arsenal could look to sell Lacazette in the January transfer window rather than losing him as a free agent at the end of the season.
But Mikel Arteta would only allow that to happen if he is able to sign another striker to act as back-up to skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
And according to The Sun, Arteta is reportedly eyeing Aston Villa’s Watkins as a potential replacement, as well as Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Arsenal fans should be buzzing about the prospect of signing Watkins, who
Not only is he a top player with a high ceiling, but has also spoken of his fondness for the Gunners and club legend Thierry Henry in the past.
Arsenal target Watkins – the story so far
Watkins began his football journey at Exeter City, coming through the ranks to become a first-team regular.
By the time Brentford signed him in 2017, he had registered 26 goals and 17 assists in just 78 Grecians appearances.
Watkins also excelled with the Bees, claiming 49 goals and 17 assists from 143 competitive appearances.
The 25-year-old scored 26 Championship goals en route to the playoff semi-finals in 2020.
After Brentford failed to progress to the final, he joined Aston Villa that summer for a reported £28million, potentially rising to £33million.
And Watkins has taken to top-flight life superbly, boasting a tally of 17 goals and five assists from 45 appearances.
He made his England breakthrough earlier this year, making a goalscoring debut against San Marino in March, and he’s currently on three caps.
Watkins: Arsenal fan inspired by Thierry Henry
Watkins has been plying his trade almost exclusively at centre-forward since 2019-20.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank converted him to a striker after Neal Maupay left the West Londoners for Brighton.
Prior to that, Watkins played on the wings and at No. 10.
“In the reserves and through the youth team I was playing on the wing,” he told BBC Sport in 2016.
“But now I find myself in the number 10 role, which seems to be paying off lately.”
In 2017, Watkins told the Ted Baker website in a feature Q&A: “Thierry Henry is my sporting hero, I grew up watching him as I support Arsenal.
“I try to base my game on his, by driving at defenders and looking to make something happen when I get the ball.”
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