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Mikel Arteta speaks on Arsenal’s striker search

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has acknowledged that the club are actively looking for a new striker who can find the back of the net consistently.

The Gunners made a dismal start to the season with three straight defeats without scoring but have since made tremendous progress with regular victories.

The club are currently two points adrift of the fourth spot with three extra games to play. They have their Champions League destiny in their own hands.

Despite the positives, it has been pretty frustrating for the Gunners in the centre-forward department. Their strikers have misfired throughout the league season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted only four top-flight goals before being shown the exit door in January. Alexandre Lacazette has scored just three times.

Eddie Nketiah has yet to open his scoring account in the league this term. Both Lacazette and Nketiah could leave when their contracts expire this summer.

Amidst this, Arteta has acknowledged that the Gunners need a genuine ‘goal threat’, but added that a new signing should complement the current set of players.

He told Sky Sports: “He puts the ball in the net – that’s priority number one. Goal threat. Any successful team needs enough goal threat in the squad. Without it, you have nothing.

“You can play good football, but you need enough goal threat in the team. The other thing is that he has to complement the other people we have, personally and on the pitch. We need the right profile.”

The Gunners were interested in landing Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina in January. The Serbia international eventually chose to join Juventus, who were his number one choice.

The north London giants will have other options in mind ahead of the summer. Considering their recent transfer policy, the focus could be on pursuing a young striker with valuable experience.

Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak has been constantly linked with them for a while, but he has been far from his best during the current campaign with just four goals from 21 league appearances.

Champions League football could be crucial to landing their prime striker target this summer. There is still plenty of work to be done with another 13 games left in the current league campaign.

They are in the driving seat with matches in hand but have squandered similar situations in the past. The club can move back into the top four by the end of Sunday if other results go their way.

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