Arsenal: Dries Mertens, Thomas Lemar… just why?
NAPLES, ITALY - DECEMBER 10: Dries Mertens of SSC Napoli celebrates after scoring the 4-0 goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between SSC Napoli and KRC Genk at Stadio San Paolo on December 10, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
Arsenal’s strongest links are to new attackers like Dries Mertens and Thomas Lemar, but why is this even something we’re talking about?
Everyone loves a new signing, right? It’s a great unknown, something to look forward to and get excited about. But that doesn’t mean that Arsenal should go after just anyone, and when we’re linked to names like Dries Mertens and Thomas Lemar, I worry about things.
Rumors are just rumors, and I doubt these moves will happen. Especially with Mikel Arteta playing down the prospects of a big winter window. But the fact that the rumors are still lingering, perhaps for a potential summer move, makes me adamant enough to say that these kinds of names are bad ideas. Bad. Very bad.
Currently, Arsenal’s attack is populated by the aging, yet still financially viable Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; Alexandre Lacazette, who struggles with confidence but is immensely talented; Nicolas Pepe, who is still settling in; and a bunch of youngsters, namely Gabriel Martinelli, who is ready for more of a role right now.
Going into next season, you can bet that we will still have Pepe and Martinelli and I would wager Lacazette would still be there too. The only question mark is ...
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