Mikel Arteta calls out Arsenal’s lack of inefficiency in front of goal
Arsenal might target Toney in January
Mikel Arteta acknowledged that Arsenal have struggled to score goals, but he insisted they are not considering bringing in a striker in January.
Sunday’s 2-2 draw at home against Tottenham saw Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah make their debuts, but both players faced condemnation after being unable to score.
This campaign, Arsenal have registered 11 Premier League goals as opposed to the 11.38 predicted, but Arteta claimed: “There are many ways of getting goals, and we are scoring goals.
“But we should have scored many more with the chances we have created.” “We have really good players up front. It’s true that right now we have some injuries. We will continue with the players we have.”
“There are a few players when you look at Harry Kane, [Erling] Halaand, Ivan Toney, [Aleksandar] Mitrovic. You have examples of players who score a lot of goals.”
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After being asked about adding a striker, Arteta responded, “We’re not thinking at all about that,” despite rumours that the Arsenal manager is eager to sign Ivan Toney after he serves his ban out in January.
When asked if the traditional No. 9 position was disappearing from football, Arteta responded, “It’s coming back.
Although Toney is still unable to play because of his betting ban, Thomas Frank talked about the attacker before Brentford’s Carabao Cup match against Arsenal.
“We prepare for transfer windows ahead. We are prepared in any position if something should happen. Let’s see.
“I don’t want to sell him. I want my best players. I say, ‘don’t sell him’. Ivan is a world-class player so why should we sell a world-class player?
“I want him to play here for the rest of his contract but that’s not up to me to decide.”