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Silvestre advises Arsenal to sign ‘very intelligent’ Newcastle striker

Former Arsenal and Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre has advised the Gunners to sign Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak this summer.

The Gunners have had a good season under manager Mikel Arteta, but they continue to lack a genuine goalscoring striker who can take them to the next level.

Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah, Leandro Trossard and Kai Havertz have all played up front this term, but none of them have managed more than eight goals in the role.

The club need to sign a marquee centre-forward ahead of next season and Silvestre believes the club should secure the services of Isak, who would suit their playing style.

He said in a recent interview when asked to compare him with Thierry Henry: “I’ve followed Isak from his days in Sweden and Spain. He’s progressed well and it’s good to see him back in form after injuries.

“Isak started as a nine whereas Thierry was more of a winger so it’s a different profile, but he’s doing well. It’s a shame Newcastle aren’t as dominant. He would be suited to playing for Arsenal.

“Very intelligent, link up play and he’s more of a striker than Kai Havertz. That would be a good fit. Leave Thierry alone. There’s only one Thierry Henry.”

Arsenal need marquee striker with Premier League experience

The Gunners are currently the second-highest goalscorers in the Premier League this term, but the lack of a marquee striker in the squad is an issue.

They need to find a proper solution during the summer and Isak would be a fine addition to the ranks.

The Swede has been in fantastic form with 21 goals from 34 games this term, but he is susceptible to picking up injuries. He has missed ten matches with multiple groin problems.

Isak is also not necessarily known for his chance creation. The 24-year-old has fantastic dribbling skills but still needs to improve his creativity in the final third.

He could be signed for £100 million amid Newcastle’s financial issues, but Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins is arguably a better option.

Villa are on course for Champions League qualification, but Arsenal could still test their resolve. A fee of over £70m could persuade Villa into selling him.

While Watkins won’t have any resale value, he would be a good acquisition for the next five years as the Gunners look to win some silverware.

He has had a fabulous campaign with 26 goals and ten assists and would be an ideal fit to lead the line for Arsenal.

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