Arsenal supporters were on a screening mission on Matchday 1 of the Champions League group stage this season.
It’s safe to say that the Gunners’ summer transfer window has been largely busy and successful, as manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu were able to bring in up to six players while spending nearly $ 150million. of pounds sterling.
However, although the Spaniard has bolstered his midfield options by signing Martin Odegaard and Albert Sambi Lokonga, it can be argued that his main transfer assignment has not been completed.
In recent seasons there has been an alarming lack of goal contributions from Arsenal midfielders in particular.
For example, last season Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey, Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka managed four goals between themselves in all competitions, while the more creative players such as Willian, Emile Smith Rowe and Odegaard (while on loan) scored seven in total.
Arteta is well aware of the problem and has already admitted that it needs to be addressed.
” It’s very clear. If you say “can they do it?” Is a question mark. Have they done this in the past? The answer is no, ”Arteta said last December. “We didn’t have goals in midfield, that’s not something that happened [just] this year it has happened the other years and it is something that has to be fixed.
“Changing the qualities and characteristics of players is very, very difficult. A great team needs players in midfield who score goals. They need center-backs who score goals from set pieces to add to that. .
“If you start to lose those margins you start to lose points, you start to be far from the best team, it’s not just any science.”
So, as Odegaard and Lokonga are not renowned scoring midfielders, there is still a blatant transfer mission left for Arteta and Edu.
As a result, some Arsenal fans are hoping to lend a hand.
If the Gunners’ scouts were present for Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 Champions League win over Besiktas on Wednesday night, they would have seen a mind-blowing display from Jude Bellingham.
Breaking the deadlock with a sleek finish from a sharp angle before claiming an assist from Erling Haaland to double Dortmund’s lead before the break, it’s safe to say the 18-year-old would be a dream signing for de many Arsenal fans.
Take a look at what has been said on Twitter …
@ RubyDub80127198 said: “@Arsenal is doing magic and signing Jude Bellingham!”
@ chike4_said: “@Arsenal should really watch Jude Bellingham. Good player. Could lead our midfielder for a decade if we get it.”
@AbdiiSalah said: “Bring Jude Bellingham to Arsenal.”