Calvert-Lewin & Watkins on Arsenal radar as Lacazette replacements
Arsenal look set to continue their squad refreshment programme next summer when Alexandre Lacazette expectedly leaves the club on a free deal, and the Premier League duo of Dominic Calvert-Lewin & Ollie Watkins have popped up on radar.
📰🗣️ Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins are on Arsenal's list as they prepare for the departure of Alexandre Lacazette.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 5, 2021
Lacazette has long been expected to leave the Emirates, and has recently been linked with being used as a makeweight for Arsenal to make a play at Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri.
According to Mail Online, the club also made considerable attempts to sign Tammy Abraham to replace the Lyon-native before his eventual move to AS Roma from Premier League rivals Chelsea.
With Arsenal looking to finally build a full squad in the combined image of Mikel Arteta and Edu Gaspar, England international pair Dominic Calvert-Lewin & Ollie Watkins could be ideal candidates to fit the overall balanced options in the number 9 role under the Spaniard.
How does the England pair stack up against current striking options at the Emirates?
One of the final missing pieces in the jigsaw puzzle for Mikel Arteta and Edu Gaspar has been filling the center-forward role for the long-term.
With both Alexandre Lacazette and club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the wrong side of 30 and expected to leave after the conclusions of their current deals, finding a suitable replacement – or dare I say, an upgrade – on the striker duo is paramount for the long-term project taking shape at London Colney.
Though Lacazette has proven to be a good finisher by the data while being a good focal point in the forward line, he still has not been able to pull the numbers that many were hoping to see from him after his arrival from Olympique Lyonnais in 2017.
By contrast, Aubameyang has hit the goalscoring heights expected from the poacher given his goal return on display at Borussia Dortmund. Ten goals in thirteen league appearances after his highly publicized move in January of 2018 was an excellent start to his stint at Arsenal.
Back-to-back 22-goal seasons in the Premier League is exactly what the doctor ordered, but a mere ten in twenty-nine last term was well off the mark, and less than Lacazette’s total of thirteen. And for all the goals scored, the tactical balance and correct fit has never truly been seen with Auba leading the line.
Could Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Ollie Watkins fair any better at Arsenal? Here is what the data tells us. You decide.