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Edu urged to sanction double transfer coup this summer 

Mikael Silvestre has urged Arsenal to make a double signing in the summer to continue their upward trajectory

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As the summer transfer window approaches, Arsenal are gearing up for a crucial period of recruitment. Mikel Arteta and sporting director Edu are tasked with bolstering the squad for the 2024/25 season, and former defender Mikael Silvestre has identified two priority targets: Ollie Watkins and Victor Osimhen.

Silvestre, who played for Arsenal from 2008 to 2010, believes that signing a top-class striker is essential for the team’s success. “You always need to bring players in, and probably number one is a striker, if you can,” he said in an interview with (link unavailable) “The one that is going to get 30 goals. Fantastic. That would mean business has been done properly.”

Watkins, who recently signed a new contract with Aston Villa, and Osimhen, who has a release clause of £113million in his Napoli contract, are the two strikers Silvestre thinks can make a significant impact at Arsenal.

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Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins (Image credit: Getty Images)

“Osimhen and Watkins (are the 30-40 goals a season strikers). I think you have to look at the services the other players at Arsenal can provide. A good quality striker is going to create chances by himself, but he will get the service at Arsenal. I’d say Osimhen and Watkins are the attackers that can score 30-40 goals a season at Arsenal.”

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Benjamin Sesko, Viktor Gyokeres, and Victor Osimhen have all been linked with the Gunners, but Silvestre’s endorsement of Watkins and Osimhen adds weight to the argument that they should be Edu’s top targets.

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Napoli striker Victor Osimhen (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Signing either player would be a significant coup for Arsenal, demonstrating the club’s ambition to compete with the best in the Premier League. With prize money and player sales set to bolster their transfer budget, Edu and Arteta have the resources to make a splash in the market.

Silvestre’s comments highlight the importance of signing a striker who can consistently score goals. “A good quality striker is going to create chances by himself, but he will get the service at Arsenal,” he said. This is particularly relevant for Arsenal, who have struggled to find a reliable goal-scorer in recent seasons.

While signing Watkins or Osimhen would be a significant achievement, it won’t come cheap. Watkins’ new contract with Aston Villa could mean a hefty price tag, potentially up to £75million, while Osimhen’s release clause stands at £113million. However, for a team like Arsenal, who are looking to reclaim their spot among the Premier League elite, the investment could be worth it.

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