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Bukayo Saka raises transfer question after Arsenal rout leaves title chasers bruised

Bukayo Saka’s half-time substitution against Sheffield United has raised questions over Arsenal’s summer transfer priorities

Arsenal have become the Premier League’s most potent side as the routs continue in 2024 with yet another six-goal victory. Six scorers, with an own goal thrown in, was the order of the day as talk of desperation to sign a top striker have become near-silent and for good reason.

Whatever happened in Dubai, it has worked. Martin Odegaard spoke to Sky Sports after the game and said that they needed a break and the momentum has built from there with the energy and positivity surrounding the place reaching new heights.

Even with everything that happened last season and how good the Gunners looked, there were never runs like this, with such a swagger but yet with composure. That said, the night was not without its drawbacks and depending on the fallout they could be devastating for Mikel Arteta

Goals, goals and more goals
I mentioned that the striker has been something which is spoken about by Arsenal fans plenty but it has never been quieter on that front than it is right now. Kai Havertz has a goal and an assist in his last two games and delivered an even more complete performance perhaps than ever before

 

Five different goal scorers highlight the threat that Arsenal possess all over the field and in particular seeing Declan Rice pop up with yet another goal when playing in a more advanced role shows he is fulfilling what was lost by Granit Xhaka’s exit. The former West Ham man has five Premier League goals now which matches that of the Swiss midfielder prior to the two that were scored on his farewell match in the dead rubber with Wolves.

Martin Odegaard, too getting onto the scoresheet, has begun to look something like the free-scoring midfielder he was last season. Whilst Ben White showcased his own shooting abilities which perhaps he needs to utilise more often if he can hit a ball like that more consistently.

Getting stronger
Although Arsenal lost players through what is hoped to be minor issues, Mikel Arteta was able to bring on Fabio Vieira, Thomas Partey and Gabriel Jesus. All three players have since returned from injury and needed to get some time and what a time to come on with such little pressure to be able to go out and enjoy themselves.

What it doesn’t do is answer where they might yet be at for the crucial moments which all three could and likely will be called on to perform between now and the end of the season. With the threat of postponements due to the FA Cup involvement of their opponents, the fixtures will begin to stack up and therefore having the ability to rotate and keep things fresh is a huge boost.

Not to mention that Jurrien Timber, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Takehiro Tomiyasu are all still yet to return. When Arteta has his whole team the problems might instead be choosing who starts and who is left out entirely.

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