Mikel Arteta told why Ivan Toney could ‘be the answer’ for Arsenal in January transfer window

Alan Shearer has explained why he thinks the signing of Ivan Toney could make the difference for Arsenal in the Premier League title race.

The Gunners returned from their winter break on Saturday to claim a routine win over Crystal Palace. Gabriel, Leandro Trossard, a Gabriel Martinelli brace and a Dean Henderson own goal secured the points for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Victory for Arsenal ended a run of four games without a win across the Premier League and FA Cup. The result is that Arteta’s team now stand two points behind leaders Liverpool heading into their away trip to Bournemouth on Sunday.

The past few weeks have seen speculation that Arsenal may need to sign a striker during the January transfer window. Shearer believes that Toney, who marked his return to the Brentford stream with a goal against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, would be the ideal option for Arteta to have in his squad.

Shearer explained why he thinks a deal to take Toney to the Emirates Stadium is not likely this month, but believes that Arsenal need striker reinforcements before the window closes.

thought Brentford’s Ivan Toney could be the answer, with the wide players Arsenal have got and the service they would give him, but it doesn’t look like they are going to do any business for Toney this month, or make any other major forward signings before the window closes.

Arsenal are still creating chances and I don’t think that has ever been an issue for them but, whereas last season more players were chipping in with goals, this time the numbers are not as good from their forward players, particularly in the league.

“I don’t feel that it’s the case that, as a team, they have lost some of that attacking spark in order to improve their defensive solidity – it’s more that they are just missing the chances they are making. They are not far away and I just think that, if they were to get someone in, it might make a big difference – but that seems unlikely for now.”

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