Slowly but surely the summer transfer window is creeping up on us.
We are not all that far away from the Premier League season reaching its conclusion, meaning the focus will soon switch to off-field matters and clubs will be working tirelessly to try and modify their squads ahead of the start of the 2021/22 season.
And for Arsenal it will be no different, with the club highly likely to wish to strengthen their respective armoury after a below-par 2020/21 campaign, despite it still being possible that they could end the season with a trophy to their name.
At this moment in time, the Gunners’ work this summer is likely to focus heavily on recruiting a new left-back and a new central attacking-midfielder, should Martin Odegaard’s loan deal in north London not be extended or Arsenal be able to land him on a permanent basis.
As well as that, the club are also set to be on the hunt for a new striker.
That is because, at this moment in time, uncertainty surrounds Alexandre Lacazette’s future. The striker, who scored twice in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday evening, is out-of-contract next summer, meaning he is close to entering the final 12 months of his current contract in north London.
With no new deal having been agreed between the Gunners and the Frenchman, it is possible that he could be sold this summer to avoid losing him for free once he enters the final six months of his current deal.
Should Lacazette move on, Arsenal will have to add a new striker to their ranks in order to decrease the pressure on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s shoulders.
According to The Telegraph, the Gunners have already pinpointed their new source of goals in the shape of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard. It is reported that Arsenal, along with Premier League rivals Leicester City, are desperate to lay hands on the talented poacher, who is valued by the Scottish club at somewhere in the region of £15million to £20million.
Leicester are currently the favourites to sign Edouard because of manager Brendan Rodgers having previously worked with him at Celtic Park, but Arsenal have not given up hope of laying their hands on the attacker.
Should Arsenal be successful and win the race for the 23-year-old it is bound to win the seal of approval from Gunners legend Thierry Henry.
According to former Rangers striker Ally McCoist, Henry is a massive fan of Edouard’s talents and believes he can go to “right to the top” in years to come.
McCoist told talkSPORT in 2019: “I spoke to Thierry Henry at the Liverpool vs Leicester City game and he really rates Edouard.
“He was saying in France in particular [he’s rated] and he personally really, really thinks he’s got a chance of going right to the top.”
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This season, which has seen Celtic blitzed by Glasgow rivals Rangers in the Scottish Premiership title fight, Edouard has been Celtic’s main source of goals, scoring 20 in 35 appearances in all competitions.
Should Arsenal win the race for Edouard, he, of course, would follow in Kieran Tierney’s footsteps of having swapped Celtic Park for the Emirates Stadium.
Tierney joined Arsenal almost two years ago from Celtic and has been one of the Gunners’ best additions in recent seasons.
If Edouard was to join Arsenal and Lacazette was to leave, he would be battling against Eddie Nketiah, Folarin Balogun and Aubameyang in the battle to spearhead the Gunners’ attacking line.