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One goal in five months: Striker's form has taken a huge dip after transfer talks with Arsenal

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It is no secret that Arsenal need a new striker this summer and Lille star Jonathan David is one player who has been heavily linked over the last few months.

The Canadian has been on Arsenal’s radar for a while now. He was rumoured to be one of the Gunners’ targets while he was still at Gent, and his performances at Lille since he joined them have made him even more popular.

Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are both set to leave Arsenal at the end of this season. The Gunners will ideally need two top-class centre-forwards, and David could well be one of them.

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Back in December last year, Edu held a meeting with the Lille star’s agent, Nick Mavromaras, at London Colney to discuss a possible transfer this summer (Metro). Since that happened, David hasn’t looked anything like his previous self.

Arsenal target Jonathan David has just scored once in 2022

There were very few strikers as prolific as David in the first half of this season. The 22-year-old scored 16 goals in all competitions before Christmas, which is a phenomenal record for someone of his age.

Everyone expected David to kick on and score 25 or even 30 goals this season. Arsenal and other clubs’ interest must have acted as motivation for him to continue firing, but sadly, the young forward’s form has taken a huge dip.

David has played 18 times for Lille in all competitions in 2022. Five months into the year now, the Canadian has managed to score just one goal and doesn’t even have an assist to his name yet this calendar year.

Coincidence or not, the former Gent man’s form seems to have nosedived right after his agent held talks with Edu at Arsenal’s training ground.

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Should the Gunners sign David?

Ideally, Arsenal need two very different yet prolific strikers to solve their woes up front. One of them has to be a target man, who can hold the ball up and link play with his teammates, while the other has to be someone who can run in behind the opponents’ defence and cause problems.

The likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Alexander Isak and Ivan Toney are good fits for the first category, but David, even though he has had a dismal 2022, would be a great option for the Gunners.

The Canadian is just going through a rough patch and has scored just once in almost five months. However, his goal tally this season is still better than every Arsenal player, which shows his quality.

The summer transfer window is right around the corner and David’s poor form in 2022 could well drive down his price. That could help Arsenal pull off a bargain before the start of next season.

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