Arsenal handed Alexander Isak boost despite Barcelona interest


Arsenal handed Alexander Isak boost despite Barcelona interest

Arsenal need a striker?

The Gunners currently have a number of striking options on their books.

However, the majority could certainly be improved upon.

Alexandre Lacazette has been used as Arsenal’s main no.9 under Mikel Arteta. However, the Frenchman is out of contract this summer.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another experienced option at centre-forward, but he generally performs best on the left-wing. And, his future has also been called in question following a disciplinary breach.

This leaves the inexperienced trio of Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli and Folarin Balogun.

Nketiah is out of contract this summer, whilst Balogun is yet to prove that he can cut it up top for a club who are supposed to be eyeing European football.

As for Martinelli, he has certainly been a bright spark for Arsenal in recent weeks. However, the Brazilian has actually played most of his best football from the left-wing and, given his inexperience, Arsenal would probably not wish to rely on him as their main no.9 right now.

Arsenal eye Isak

So, it seems fairly obvious that Arsenal will need to purchase a quality striker in the next year or so.

A number of names have been linked, with ESPN claiming recently that all of Alexander Isak, Dusan Vlahovic, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins are said to be of interest to Mikel Arteta.

Now, an update on Arsenal’s pursuit of Isak has emerged.

As per the Daily Star citing Spanish outlet El Nacional:

Arsenal have emerged as the ‘most likely destination’ for Real Sociedad and Sweden striker Alexander Isak despite Xavi’s desire to bring the forward to Barcelona.

No potential fee is mentioned in the report, but one would assume that Isak would not come cheap given his current ability and potential.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 20 29 42
3 Liverpool FC 19 34 41
4 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
5 West Ham United 20 10 34
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 18 4 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 -1 25
9 Leicester City 18 -2 25
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 18 -1 24
11 Crystal Palace 20 -1 23
12 Aston Villa 18 -4 22
13 Southampton FC 19 -9 21
14 Brentford FC 18 -4 20
15 Everton FC 17 -8 19
16 Leeds United 18 -18 16
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 16 -9 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 19 -34 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 6



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