Chelsea starlet Romelu Lukaku could well end up moving to the Emirates Stadium in order to end Arsene Wenger’s current striker crises after his most recent comments.
Metro today carries quotes from the Belgian forward which go some way to opening the door to an exit from Stamford Bridge, with the 21-year-old stating that he will leave in order to guarantee himself first-team football. Despite the fact that he was impressive yet again whilst on loan last term, Jose Mourinho doesn’t appear to be ready to give him the opportunities he craves, and as such a switch away could be the only way for him to further his career.
When asked about his future, and the possibility of leaving Chelsea for pastures new this summer, Lukaku did little to play down talk of joining up with one of their major domestic rivals. Metro goes as far as to speculate that his refusal to rule out a move to either Tottenham or Arsenal - both of whom have been strongly linked with him in the past - is an indication that he could be about to consent to one of the most controversial transfers of the summer.
“I have a few ideas but we’ll see,” said Lukaku.
“I have to think about it.
“I want to be somewhere where I can play my best football and hopefully win titles. There are choices to make. Things like that happen in football and I’m confident I will make the right choice.”
Naturally the striker’s comments about winning titles have paved the way for rumours that would favour an Arsenal move over one to some of the other clubs who are in the running for his signature, and Wenger’s need for a prolific frontman makes a potential deal all the more feasible.
As the apparent £32million bid for Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez has shown, the Gunners have money to play with this summer and, with the rest of the starting XI all but unchanged from last term - bar Bacary Sagna’s departure - the attacking line is what Wenger must concentrate on improving.
Suitability to Arsenal?
Given Lukaku’s track record in the Premier League whilst at clubs such as West Brom and Everton it’s safe to assume that he’d be a clinical option when backed by the likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.
It's true that he has yet to prove that he can cut the mustard in European football, but his size and strength make him a handful for even the very best defenders, and such traits would greatly complement the creative assets at Wenger’s disposal.
There’s no question that Lukaku needs to leave Stamford Bridge if he believes he will be playing second-fiddle next season. Though possessive of plenty of potential the youngster needs to be regularly given chances to find the back of the net to continue his development and a switch to Arsenal, where he would no doubt become the recognised No.9, would all but make that happen.