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Arsenal ‘put Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins on striker’s shortlist’

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Arsenal ‘puts both Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins on their list of strikers’ as Mikel Arteta looks for a new striker with out-of-favor Alexandre Lacazette poised to leave

  • Arsenal have drawn up a list of attackers to replace Alexandre Lacazette
  • Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin is on their list, according to a report in The Sun
  • Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins has also been named by Arsenal chiefs as a target
  • Lacazette is in the last year of his contract and will leave the Gunners











Arsenal have reportedly placed Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins at the top of their list of wanted strikers.

Everton forward Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa striker Watkins are two of the names Arsenal are targeting as they prepare for Alexandre Lacazette’s departure, according to a report in The Sun.

Lacazette is on his way to Arsenal as he has less than a year left on his contract.

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been added to Arsenal’s wanted strikers list

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins is also on their wish list, according to The Sun

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins is also on their wish list, according to The Sun

The 30-year-old Frenchman has yet to make a Premier League start this season after his preparations for the season were shaken by a Covid infection.

Arsenal could cash in on Lacazette in the January transfer window to prevent him from leaving without a transfer fee five months later, but coach Mikel Arteta is only willing to let him go if they can find a replacement.

However, they are unlikely to make much money in January, having spent £148million on six new players over the summer, spending more money than any other club in the Premier League.

Arsenal are making plans for a striker as Alexandre Lacazette is set to leave next June

Arsenal are making plans for a striker as Alexandre Lacazette is set to leave next June

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta plans for the future and focuses on young strikers

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta plans for the future and focuses on young strikers

But whether Lacazette leaves in January or June, his departure will leave Pierre Emerick Aubameyang as the club’s only proven striker and Arteta wants to ensure they are well prepared for the short and long term.

According to The Sun, Arteta has told Arsenal’s football director to look for another striker.

Arteta builds his squad around youth, as evidenced by the fact that he puts such trust in homegrown forwards Emile Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka, who led their derby demolition of Tottenham last month.

Arteta's confidence in young players can be seen in his summer singing, such as £50million Ben White

Arteta’s confidence in young players can be seen in his summer singing, such as £50million Ben White

Arteta has reportedly told football director Edu (left) to look for a new striker

Arteta has reportedly told football director Edu (left) to look for a new striker

His emphasis on young players can also be seen in the players he brought in this summer such as 23-year-old Ben White, 21-year-old Nuno Tavares and Takehiro Tomiyasu, 22.

Calvert-Lewin, 24, and Watkins, 25 are both older than all six players the club signed over the summer, but still fit Arteta’s long-term vision.

But both attackers have signed a contract with their clubs until 2025 and that would cost a considerable amount.

Calvert-Lewin is Everton’s most exciting forward since Wayne Rooney and the club will be desperate to keep their homegrown star as they build an exciting future at their new home at Bramley-Moore Dock, which they hope to be in 2024 to move.

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