Arsenal are struggling to score goals in recent matches and Dusan Vlahovic has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium this month. Since moving to Turin, the Serbian has not hit the form that made him one of the most-sought after forwards in Europe during his time at Fiorentina.
Despite his relatively not so impressive form in front of goal, he has scored seven goals in 18 matches in all competitions and has contributed three assists, with his last goal a thing of beauty against Salernitana in December.
Vlahovic, with a valuation of £67m, displayed the precise attributes that Arsenal’s strikers have lacked recently. While not actively engaged in Juventus’ game buildup, the Serbian emerged to clinch the match with his natural finishing ability.
EuroSport reviewed Vlahovic’s performance after the game, which culminated in his decisive 91st-minute goal. The assessment characterised the striker as rather unnoticed until his late header altered the course of the match significantly.
“His was a fairly colourless performance, the photograph of which was probably in the equaliser: by ‘clicking’ the ball, he had in fact done the best thing in his match. But then, in full recovery, as in Frosinone, he goes up to the fifth floor and changes history. Because that’s how it works for attackers: the goal makes all the difference in the world.”
Following the loss to Liverpool, the team appears increasingly eager for the arrival of a new striker in January. Not only have they struggled with scoring in three consecutive defeats, but they also face another setback with Gabriel Jesus sustaining a knee injury. Neither Eddie Nketiah nor Kai Havertz seem fully capable of fulfilling the finishing role required by Arsenal, despite Havertz displaying glimpses of potential during Sunday’s minutes on the field.
Securing a new striker may necessitate the departure of current players, potentially including Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah. However, Arteta faces a challenging task in finding the right balance in January. While a striker is a crucial addition, it’s evident that Arsenal’s needs extend beyond solely acquiring a forward.