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Edu has wildcard options to sign at Arsenal instead of Dusan Vlahovic


With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likely to depart and the future of Alexandre Lacazette still up in the air, Mikel Arteta and Edu will be drawing up a list of potential strikers to replace the pair of them at Arsenal.

Whether that happens this month or in the summer remains to be seen, but there are a number of strikers' names in the frame to arrive at the Emirates Stadium.

Dusan Vlahovic has been the most talked about striker for Arsenal and a deal could happen in the summer. But we look at five potential wildcard options for Arteta and Edu to consider bringing in, either this month or in the summer window.

Ivan Toney

Ivan Toney has adjusted well into life as a Premier League striker after earning promotion with Brentford. Toney was the top scorer in the Championship last season with 31 goals, also chipping in with 10 assists.

This season in the top flight, Toney has managed five goals and two assists in 20 league appearances.

Quick along the ground and strong in the air, the Bees’ no.17 could be a smart purchase for Arsenal.

Karim Adeyemi

Karim Adeyemi is another big talent to come out of the endless talent production line of Red Bull Salzburg, following in the footsteps of the likes of Erling Haaland, Takumi Minamino and Hwang Hee Chan in attracting attention from clubs around Europe.

The twenty year old Adeyemi has had a meteoric rise and has fast become one of the hottest prospects in world football.

With 14 goals in 17 Bundesliga appearances, and 3 goals in 6 Champions League games, Adeyemi for sure knows how to find the back of the net.

With age well on his side and the talent he has already showed, Arsenal could turn to Adeyemi as the perfect striker for Arteta to build around.

Victor Osimhen

Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen moved to Napoli from Lille in a £67.5million deal back in 2020 after scoring 18 goals in 38 games for the French club in the 19/20 season.

Big money comes with big expectations and the Nigerian scored 10 times in 24 league games last season.

He has had a stuttering start to this season due to injuries, but still managed to score 9 goals in 15 appearances in all competition for Napoli.

Can Arteta bring the best out of Osimhen and build his Arsenal side around the talented front man?

Darwin Nunez

The highly rated Uruguayan burst onto the scene when he scored 16 goals in the 19/20 season for UD Almeria in the second division in Spain.

This earned him a move to Portuguese side Benfica in a deal worth over £20million. This season, Nunez has scored 19 goals in 24 appearances in all competition for Benfica, including 3 goals in the Champions League.

Nunez is a handful in the air and also explosive on the ground, and has been compared to Norwegian superstar, Erling Haaland.

Arsenal will face tough competition for the highly regarded Benfica frontman, with Atletico Madrid and Manchester City also believed to be keeping tabs on the 22-year-old.

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Edinson Cavani

According to Bild, Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick is looking to sell some 'mood killers' at Old Trafford, including Cavani.

The former Paris Saint-Germain striker has been surplus to requirements on the red half of Manchester so far this term and with six months remaining on his contract, United could look to sell him on before this month ends.

The 34-year-old has shown that he is still capable of finding the back of the net at the elite level during his time at Man United.

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal would look to sign Cavani on a short-term deal, but it could prove to be a smart piece of business for the Gunners.

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