David Ornstein believes it could be a big summer of investment for Arsenal, but one position they seem unlikely to address is centre-forward.
All the signs point towards a busy summer for Arsenal over the coming months, with various players drawing outside interest, and a need to invest in the playing squad ahead of the return to the Champions League.
There certainly seems to be a lot of interest in strengthening the midfield, as well as adding a versatile defender, and a winger to provide cover for Bukayo Saka.
But whilst there’s also been some talk about Arsenal adding another striker, potentially one in a different mould to the club’s current options, David Ornstein hasn’t heard anything to suggest that will happen.
“I don’t hear big suggestions that they are going to be bringing in a striker,” Ornstein told FIVE. “I think they’re focused on those other positions (a defender, a midfielder, possibly a winger).
“There was a report in The Times suggesting they may be able to make about £100m (in sales).
“So with Champions League revenues, with the existing commitment of the Kroenkes, who have put their money where their mouths are, with potential sales, then it could be a really big summer of investment.”
Ornstein mentions Eddie Nketiah’s new contract as one reason why Arsenal might not be looking for a striker this summer, even if Folarin Balogun leaves, and that’s certainly true.
The Gunners made two significant commitments to the centre-forward position by signing Gabriel Jesus and extending Nketiah’s deal in 2022, less than a year ago.
And let’s not forget Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Martinelli, who played the position in Jesus and Nketiah’s absence to good effect.
Arsenal have quite a lot of cover up front, and it’s been other positions where an injury or two has been more problematic. Those positions probably make sense to address first.