Big changes are in the offing for Arsenal this summer following yet another disappointing season and title challenge.
Following their dismal 0-0 draw with Sunderland on Sunday, the Gunners are officially out of the title race and now face a battle to secure Champions League football, with Manchester United hot on their heels.
The general consensus at the Emirates Stadium is that Arsene Wenger should step down as manager and that a host of comings and goings are needed to reinvigorate Arsenal’s lacklustre squad.
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Strikers Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have bore the brunt of criticism for much of 2016, especially so the Frenchman, who has failed to score in the Premier League since firing a brace against Liverpool in January.
The Gunners have sorely missed having a world-class front man at their disposal ever since the departure of Robin van Persie, with many earmarking this as the reason behind their failure to win the Premier League.
However, Arsenal’s search for a clinical striker could soon be over amidst news that Juventus’ Alvaro Morata has hinted he could leave the Italian giants this summer.
This is according to The Sun, who claim the young Spaniard is open to a move away from the Juventus Stadium after starting just 16 league games this season.
Morata has been forced to compete with fellow starlet Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic for a place in Juventus’ starting line up all campaign, which has seen him find the net just seven times in Serie A.
Asked about his future, Morata recently told reporters: “Do I like this [Juventus] shirt? For me, what I like is scoring goals.
“I’m fighting for Juventus as they’re my team. Will I stay? We will see.”
Arsenal face considerable competition to land the 23-year-old, though, with Manchester City also rumoured suitors and Real Madrid able to trigger a £20 million buy-back clause at the end of the season.
The Gunners’ need for a 20-goal-per-season striker becomes all-the-more apparent when the statistics of their current crop of forwards are analysed.
Giroud has scored just 12 goals in 35 Premier League appearances, Theo Walcott has five in 27 and Danny Welbeck, who missed a large chunk of this season, has found the net three times in nine games.
Walcott’s career in north London is particularly in doubt after Wenger admitted he doesn’t know what the future holds for the England international.
According to Sky Sports, Wenger said: "I don't know yet.
"I'm not in transfer mode at the moment, but I think he has gone through a bad spell. He has responded very well.”
Walcott would likely command a transfer fee in the region of £20-£25 million, which could be used to lure a player or Morata’s class to the Emirates Stadium.