Spain v Turkey - Group D: UEFA Euro 2016

3 tournament goals at the ongoing Euros still haven’t convinced anyone that Olivier Giroud is lethal enough to be counted on to lead the Gunners attack next season. Even if he eventually gets that unlikely nod from Wenger, an additional striker is pertinent given the long-term unavailability of Danny Welbeck. After the Vardy disappointment (a blessing in disguise?), here are 5 strikers Arsenal should shortlist this summer.

GONZALO HIGUAIN

The Argentina international isn’t likely to remain at Napoli after such a great outing last term, and the rumoured Liverpool links have been put to rest by his agent/brother. Wenger had the 36-Serie A goal scorer on his wish list last summer, and it can only be imagined how life would have been with those goals scored in an Arsenal shirt. His future is yet to be determined, and there should be nothing stopping the club from pursing his services one more time. Higuain is definitely worth it.

ALVARO MORATA

The club has been linked with the Spain international in a deal that will see him pocket £140,000 weekly. He was on top of the list of preference for the striking position before the Vardy noises prior to the start of the Euros. Morata definitely had a good auditions at France following 3 goals for Spain in 4 games. The 23-year-old might not have been the prolific goal poacher while at Turin, but he has what it takes to conquer the EPL under Arsene Wenger’s guidance

LACAZETTE

With 27 and 21 goals in his last 2 Ligue 1 seasons, the 25-year-old striker definitely clicks all the attributes for a successful EPL signing. His omission in the French squad for the Euros baffled many as he would have definitely brought more to the table than 2nd choice striker, Gignac. Alexandre (the great) is on Arsenal’s radar and it will be in the best interest of the club if he is landed as the hunt for the EPL glory continues. His strength would make him easily adapt to the style of play in England no doubt.

ISLAM SLIMANI

The Sporting Lisborn striker notched 27 goals in 33 league games for the Portuguese giants last season, and won’t be a bad signing at £20million; his buyout clause. The Algeria international can definitely prove himself on a bigger stage if given the chance. The North London side might have missed out on a 29-year-old Vardy, but getting a 28-year-old Slimani is an equal gamble for same price. Another late bloomer could just be what is needed to win the EPL next season.

GABRIEL JESUS

Arsene Wenger’s catch them young philosophy could come to the fore this time around in the snatching up of the Brazil teenager. The 19-year-old has been compared with the Brazilian Ronaldo and earned praises from the striking legend due to his goalscoring abilities. Madrid and Barcelona amongst others are battling to land the services of the Palmeiras striker. The Olympic is a perfect chance for him to impress, and Arsenal shouldn’t hesitate to fight for his signature when (not if) he does.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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