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Arsenal make u-turn on transfer strategy ahead of the summer

Reports have suggested that Arsenal have made a change of heart in some of their summer transfer decision

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Arsenal have found themselves at a crossroads after witnessing the standout performances of Kai Havertz. The Gunners, managed by Mikel Arteta and guided by technical director Edu, were initially looking to bolster their attacking options with a traditional striker like Ivan Toney or Ollie Watkins. However, Havertz’s recent displays have led to a significant shift in their transfer strategy.

The Daily Mail reports that Arsenal have now decided to veer towards a “more modern” profile of attacker, one who can operate out wide but also excel in a central role. This change in approach stems from Havertz’s impact on the pitch, prompting Arteta and Edu to consider players who possess similar versatility and goal-scoring prowess.

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Arsenal’s preference for younger talent is also evident in their newfound transfer outlook. While Toney and Watkins, both 28 years old, were initially on the radar, the club now prioritises youth and longevity in their recruitment efforts. Havertz, at just 24 years old, has proven to be a key influence in this decision-making process.

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Kai Havertz has scored ten goals this season for Arsenal (Image credit: Getty Images)

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Havertz, who has contributed ten goals and five assists in 44 appearances this season, has undeniably caught the eye of Arsenal’s decision-makers. His ability to seamlessly transition between different attacking positions and make a tangible impact on the team has impressed Arteta and Edu, prompting a reevaluation of their transfer targets.

This shift in strategy raises questions about the potential pursuit of Viktor Gyokeres from Sporting CP. The Swedish striker, who has scored an impressive 36 goals in 43 appearances this season, represents a more traditional No. 9 style of play that Arsenal are now supposedly moving away from. The club’s interest in Gyokeres may wane as they seek attackers who can offer a broader skill set similar to Havertz.

Additionally, reports suggest that a move for Victor Osimhen is unlikely, with the Nigerian forward rumoured to be joining PSG in the upcoming transfer window. Arsenal’s focus on modern attackers like Havertz may steer them away from pursuing players with a more traditional striker role, further shaping their transfer plans for the summer.

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