'It's highly likely': Alan Shearer makes seriously exciting Arsenal transfer claim
Alan Shearer has suggested that he thinks Arsenal are almost certain to sign a big hitting striker in the summer, on BBC Match of the Day 2.
Arsenal are battling to make the Champions League slots this season, with Mikel Arteta’s side currently occupying fourth spot.
The Gunners have managed to fight their way into the top four, despite lacking a regular goal scorer all season.
Arsenal have now been linked with a host of number nines heading into the summer transfer window.
And Shearer feels that Arsenal will be actively pursuing a high profile forward, regardless of whether they make it into Europe’s elite competition or not this season, although that does leave him concerned for Eddie Nketiah.
“He [Nketiah] got to want to start for Arsenal in the future and it’s highly likely that Arsenal are going to try and sign a high hitter centre-forward in the next window,” Shearer said.
“Even if they don’t [make the Champions League]. They have got to sign a forward, he’s got to start hasn’t he?”
If Arsenal were able to land the signing of a new striker it would be an exciting addition to their squad.
Nketiah has occupied their leading striking role in recent weeks, and has impressed, but he is not fully proven just yet.
Alexandre Lacazette, meanwhile, is out of contract and has done little to suggest that he definitely deserves a new deal.
Lacazette has offered some neat link-up play at times, but his lack of goals in a major concern.
If Arsenal can now land a clinical forward they will be an infinitely better side for it.
It really does look like the final piece of the jigsaw for the Gunners, who have shown an impressive team shape and structure under Arteta this season and are now on the verge of achieving something pretty special.
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