Former Arsenal defender, Sol Campbell, has voiced his desire for the club to reinforce its attacking prowess in the upcoming January transfer window to bolster their chances of winning the Premier League title this season.
With Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah as the main strikers for Arsenal this season, supplemented by Leandro Trossard stepping into the role due to injuries, the trio has managed 14 goals across all competitions. However, Campbell emphasises the need for a striker capable of netting between 20 to 25 goals in a season to provide the edge in crucial encounters.
Speaking with Mirror Football, Campbell stressed the importance of a potent center forward, stating, “In the end, they will have to decide by January, do they need a centre forward. Twenty to 25 goals in the Premier League. You know, in those big, tight games. I think it will help them.”
Campbell has identified two potential targets, namely Victor Osimhen from Napoli and Ivan Toney from Brentford, although the latter is currently under a betting ban. Acknowledging the financial demands such signings would entail, Campbell admits the likelihood of a substantial expense to secure these talents.
When asked about his preference, Campbell said, “Osimhen, but is he going to cost too much money? There’s Ivan [Toney]. I think they’re good [in other areas of the pitch]. Center forward is one thing they might need to look at and see the possibilities, see what’s out there, or wait until next season.”
On the impact a top-tier striker could bring, Campbell added, “But if the right person comes along, an out-and-out striker, that can unlock those tight games, knows what to do in those positions, and also keeps defence occupied to then free up other people, they should maybe look at it Christmas time – if not, definitely next season. The right person will offload the pressure on the team, I think.”