Football News: Arsenal Evaluate Striking Options as They Aim for Premier League Glory

As Arsenal prepare for the upcoming Premier League season, former player Didi Hamann believes the Gunners may need to replace Kai Havertz in an advanced role if they are to clinch the title.

Despite a brilliant campaign under Mikel Arteta that saw them push reigning champions Manchester City all the way, the Gunners missed out on the Premier League trophy by just two points. Arsenal boasted the best defense in the division and the second-best attack, scoring 91 goals.

Calls for Strengthening Striking Options

However, there have been calls for the North London club to strengthen their striking options, with Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah managing just nine league goals between them.

Havertz, who often played as a striker for Arteta, contributed nine goals and seven assists in 17 matches in that position. But Hamann believes Arsenal may “probably have to” replace the German international in an advanced role if they want to win the Premier League next season.

“Kai Havertz had a decent end to his season with Arsenal,” Hamann said on the ‘In The Zone’ podcast. “I just think he’s capable of so much more. But he is not a centre forward and I don’t think he wants to play as a centre forward.”

Potential Striking Targets

Former Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has identified Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins and Newcastle United’s Alexander Isak as potential targets to bolster the Gunners’ attacking options.

“I’d say that’s the one thing, maybe Mikel didn’t trust his bench as much,” Walcott said. “I’m looking at someone like an Alexander Isak or an Ollie Watkins who’s been established in the Premier League.”

With the Euro 2024, Champions League, and FIFA World Cup on the horizon, Arsenal will be aiming to strengthen their squad to compete on all fronts and finally end their Premier League title drought.

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