Arsenal are looking to sign two strikers this summer, and they’re primarily hoping to bring in homegrown players.
The Telegraph report that Arsenal would like to sign two strikers this summer, to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and any other departing centre-forwards. As it stands, Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette will both be out of contract.
That’s not the only position Arsenal are looking to strengthen, with The Telegraph also mentioning a midfielder and a left-sided defender. But centre-forward is clearly the priority.
It’s also worth noting that the same outlet suggests Arsenal are in the market for homegrown players.
Right now, Arsenal have filled just five homegrown slots, using Jonathan Dinzeyi, Rob Holding, Eddie Nketiah, Aaron Ramsdale, and Ben White. That’s part of why the squad is so small right now.
On top of that, it’s fairly likely Dinzeyi and Nketiah both leave this summer.
Arsenal will add some players to the homegrown rankings this summer. For example, Emile Smith Rowe will no longer count as under-21, so he’ll be homegrown instead.
U23 players James Olayinka, Zak Swanson, and George Lewis will also age out of the u21 category.
Then there are the homegrown players on loan, including Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson, Daniel Ballard, Jordi Osei-Tutu, and Matthew Smith (players like Folarin Balogun and William Saliba will still count as under-21s next season).
But realistically, how many of those homegrown players will be in next season’s Premier League squad?
Would it be unfair to suggest Holding, Ramsdale, White, Smith Rowe, and maybe two of the other youth players or loanees would be the extent of it? That’s six players.
At a minimum, you want eight homegrown players. You can only have a maximum of 17 non-homegrown players over 21, so unless you have eight homegrown players, you’re just leaving empty spaces in your 25-man squad.
Adding a couple of top homegrown players would be a boost to Mikel Arteta’s options next season.