The Serbian striker is one of the most in demand players in world football at the moment.
It is a toss up between Dusan Vlahovic and Alexander Isak as to who I think we should be targetting. Both are a similar age and have a similar profile.
In the end I have opted for Vlahovic over the Swede due to him backing up his excellent breakthrough season (21 goals in 37 Serie A games) with 16 goals in 19.
Isak meanwhile has struggled this season with 4 La Liga goals in 15 games after scoring 17 in 34 last season.
Vlahovic is one of the hottest players in the world this season and there will be no shortage of clubs lining up to secure his services.
Mikel Arteta seems to want a “Giroud-type” upfront. Sacrificing a bit of pace in behind for a forward that can hold up play; bringing his young attacking midfielders into play.
Vlahovic seems to be the right type of striker, with the work rate and hold up play to go with his goals. He also fits in with the age profile of those around him.
He will be a huge investment but will only get better and would be the ideal man to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the long term.
Arsenal were first linked to Jonathan David in 2020 whilst he was still playing for Gent.
At the time I viewed him as a second striker. Arsenal were short of a decent number 10 and he looked like a viable option to play in behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
He would provide a different outlet for the team in comparison to Mesut Ozil – more pace and power than technical ability.
In the end he joined Lille for €30 million.
Whilst in France he has played further forward, but his bet performances have come playing just off Turkish striker Burak Yılmaz.
Arsenal are not only in need of new strikers, but they also need to reinforce the positions in behind the striker.
As it stands we have Bukayo Saka, Martin Odergaard, Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe.
Pepe is likely to depart in the summer which will leave Arsenal with 4 players for 3 positions. Ideally we want at lease 5. David could fit in as that 5th option.
The Canadian would provide top class cover and competition for Odergaard; giving us a different option behind a main striker.
He is also capable of doing a job out wide; so if Odergaard is out and Arsenal decide to keep a technical rather than physical 10 (IE play Smith Rowe there), David could fill in out wide.
David would also become Alexandre Lacazette’s replacement, becoming the 2nd choice striker behind (hopefully) Dusan Vlahovic.
Instead of us having to sign a new striker to replace Aubameyang, another to replace Lacazette, and an attacker to replace Pepe, we could go for just Vlahovic and David and that is all basis covered.
In the 4 attacking positions, we would then have: Vlahovic, David, Saka, Odergaard, Martinelli and Smith Rowe. Charlie Patino and Folarin Balogun than provide additional youth cover
Good shout. Love the idea.