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Coach makes comparison between Arsenal-linked £9m striker and iconic Swedish goal machine

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Coach makes comparison between Arsenal-linked £9m striker and iconic Swedish goal machine

With uncertainty over the futures of Arsenal strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta may end up delving into the transfer market for a new sharpshooter.

One player Arsenal have been linked with over the past few months is Celtic goal machine Odsonne Edouard, a player who has just helped his club win a ninth Scottish Premiership title in a row.

According to The Mirror, the Gunners are interested in the highly rated 22-year-old, who has claimed an impressive 60 goals and 31 assists in 126 Hoops appearances.

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Edouard has played for the Glasgow serial winners since the summer of 2017, when he initially joined on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.

He then joined the Bhoys permanently the following year for a club record £9million (Sky Sports) and has been a star in the green and white hoops.

This season just gone, the Frenchman scored 27 goals and 19 assists from 45 games in all competitions, and is now reported to have a £22million price tag (Defensa Central).

Former Celtic and Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill believes Edouard is a game-changer for the Hoops, just like iconic Swedish goal machine Henrik Larsson was during his time at Parkhead.

 

Asked if Edouard is as vital to Neil Lennon as Larsson was to him, O’Neill told the BBC Sportsound podcast: “Of course, yes.

“It’s very important to hold on to your best players, because these are the ones that will win matches for you. They will turn the tide for you if games are even or if you’re losing with 20 minutes to go.

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“You know when the likes of Larsson are still on the field you still have a chance of winning that game. And that is exactly now the situation Neil finds himself in with Edouard.”

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Celtic’s record signing has been nothing short of sensational since arriving at Parkhead and his £9million fee seems a snip now, but surely it’s now only a matter of time before he ups sticks and heads to one of Europe’s elite clubs.

Larsson was simply unplayable at Celtic, scoring an incredible 242 goals in 315 matches between 1997 and 2004 and earning the nickname “The King of Kings”, before going on to play for Barcelona and having a loan stint at Manchester United, where he is still remembered fondly.

For Edouard to be put in the same category for Celtic by the manager who got so much out of him speaks volumes about the Frenchman’s quality – and for that reason, the Gunners need to make their move.

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