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Arsenal Invincible makes major transfer admission amid ‘lazy’ desperate calls for striker deal

Arsenal calls for a new striker batted away by club Invincible as Kai Havertz lauded for his impact

Kai Havertz has lit up his Arsenal career in the past month, scoring four times in the past four games. He is set to start for the Gunners in arguably their biggest game of the season on Tuesday night against FC Porto despite all three of Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah and Leandro Trossard all being available.

Come the end of 2023 with points being dropped and goals a rarity, the desperate calls for Arsenal to go into the January transfer market and land a top striker were at their peak. However, it has proven not to have been needed, with 33 goals scored in the eight league games this year and former Arsenal defender and club Invincible Martin Keown was ahead of the curb on the topic.

Keown spoke to football.london in association with TNT Sports the exclusive home of the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League. When asked about the talk that the Gunners needed and perhaps still need a centre-forward, it was shut down strongly

Well, I thought it was lazy journalism. I was doing a game, I was asked a question, ‘Oh when Arsenal didn’t get the goals they needed against West Ham, 30 shots at goal, no goal and everyone was jumping on the bandwagon saying they haven’t got a striker.’

“I thought, well, actually what they need to do is work better with the ones they’ve got and find solutions. We’ve seen Saka now scoring off his right foot in quick succession, next one, hits it with his left.

“It was all becoming a bit too predictable and I think that’s changed now, they’ve become unpredictable in how they do it. They keep changing, slightly the way that they’re playing, the structure of their midfield and I think that’s clever

He added: “There’s still an opportunity to be successful with what they’ve got, City did it without a striker for two seasons. Havertz has now started to play his best football, Trossard too they’ve kind of flip-flopped into that role so the goals are coming in from all directions.”

Despite the firm stance, it is unlikely to both stop the continued talk of the summer move for a forward nor Arsenal’s own keenness to bring one in. That said, Ivan Toney’s failure to make a mark at the weekend is unlikely to have helped his cause.

Looking to the defence, however, a speciality of course of Keown, and Jakub Kiwior has impressed. Prompted for thoughts on the Pole, the TNT Sports pundit could not help but bring up his opposite, Ben White, who has been brilliant this season.

“[Kiwior] is still bedding in, he’s still got work to do, he’s still trying to convince. He’s another centre-half playing left-back, Ben White’s a centre-half playing right-back.

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