Arteta gives update on Arsenal's transfer plans ahead of Deadline Day
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Arsenal have been told to beat their Premier League rivals to the signing of blockbuster striker Erling Haaland if they want to secure a top-four finish this season. Haaland has scored 80 goals in 79 appearances for Borussia Dortmund but looks set to leave the German club this year.
Arsenal fell to sixth in the Premier League table at the weekend after they were held to a 0-0 home draw by basement boys Burnley.
That result followed a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on New Year’s Day before their clash with Tottenham was postponed after the Gunners were hit by COVID-19 and injuries.
The race for the top four is wide open and Arsenal are just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, but have a game in hand.
And former Arsenal winger Jermaine Pennant has exclusively revealed to Express Sport that he believes the north Londoners should target Haaland.
“They need a good striker,” Pennant said as part of his role with BestofBets.
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“I watched them against Liverpool in the [Carabao Cup] semi-final and they could have been 2-0 up before half time.
“But they didn’t have that cutting edge. They had chances – but they need an out and out striker who’s going to get them goals.
“Erling Haaland at Dortmund – he’d be a great signing for Arsenal. But you’ve got big teams after him including Man City, Man United and Chelsea.
“And I wonder if Arsenal can, or will, match them in wages – but a player like that would literally kick on Arsenal and take them to the next level.
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“The youngsters are all gelling well – they have got great young players – and Arteta’s got them working well.
“But they’re just missing that cutting edge – that ruthlessness in front of goal.
“They need someone who is going to get them 15, 20 goals a season to really keep them in the league – in the top four. And time is ticking.”
Meanwhile, Pennant has told Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave the Emirates Stadium.
The Gabon international was stripped of the Gunners captaincy before Christmas and banished from the team after a disciplinary breach.
“If I was Pierre, the thing I would be looking at is getting first team football,” Pennant continued.
“He’s obviously not required at Arsenal – he’s not really playing and I think that’s clear now. Having been stripped of the captaincy, it’s next to impossible to get back in.
“However, he’s a good player – he’s a great striker – and I’m sure he’ll want to be going to play in the big competitions.
“Something really bad obviously happened at Arsenal – serious enough to strip him of the captaincy – and this may work as a deterrent for some clubs.
“But there will be some teams out there, such as Everton, who require a big name striker to help them.
“So that can play in his favour because he’s a big name and he can score goals.”
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