Former striker Kevin Campbell has urged the club to sign another midfielder and striker following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus.
Jesus will be unveiled as an Arsenal player very soon following the completion of his £45million move from and is the Gunners’ fourth signing of the summer after winger Marquinhos, goalkeeper and midfielder Fabio Vieira.
Signing a new forward was the main priority for Mikel Arteta this transfer window, with the departures of and Alexandre Lacazette leaving young Eddie Nketiah as the only natural No.9 in the Gunners squad.
And Arsenal’s business is reportedly not done for the summer, with the club pushing for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez who is also wanted by Manchester United.
However, despite the additions of Jesus and Vieira, Campbell still thinks Arteta could do with more options in central midfield and up top.
‘They’ve got to fix the midfield, it needs more goals, it needs more creativity, hence [Youri] Tielemans,’ he told .
‘I still think Arsenal need an alternative striker, a big striker, someone who, when teams bank up and it’s not going so well, someone who you could fire crosses in, and he can get on the end of it.
‘I think Arsenal have missed that change of alternative in the set up and the flexibility of Jesus as well means he could start as a nine or he can play wide, he’s comfortable anywhere.’
Tielemans has been linked to the Emirates for some time and seems destined to leave Leicester this summer with the Belgian refusing to extend his contract that expires next year, although United are also in the race to sign him.
While Vieira has been signed to add that missing creativity, the 22-year-old plays more as a No.10 rather than an No.8 like Tielemans.
Since the sale of Olivier Giroud in 2018, Arsenal have lacked a target man like figure in their squad and in recent months the club have been linked with a number of strikers who fit that bill, including Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Roma’s Tammy Abraham and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
But thanks to Jesus’ arrival and their overall outlay this summer a move for any of these strikers is unlikely.
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