Arsenal must sign Moussa Dembele to atone for Anthony Martial failure

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Moussa Dembele could be Arsenal’s version of Anthony Martial if the Frenchman joins the Gunners this summer.

The 19-year-old, who scored 15 times for Fulham in the Championship last season, is regarded as one of football’s biggest talents and - as well as Arsenal's interest - has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past.

And the French youngster could replicate the same form Martial has shown at United, with Arsenal still desperately in need of firepower if they are to finally end their Premier League title drought.


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Huge promise

For a few years now, Dembele has been held in high regard by the footballing world with his searing pace and unnerving composure in front of goal drawing comparisons with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

His first two seasons at Craven Cottage saw him struggle, scoring just three goals, but last year was his most fruitful with the 19-year-old finishing with 17 goals across all competitions for the campaign.

He has flatly refused to sign a new deal with Fulham and is available on a free transfer this summer with a number of clubs reportedly interested in securing his services.

Martial comparisons

If Wenger can fend off the competition to land his man then Dembele could replicate the same brilliant form as Martial, who set the top flight alight following his shock £36 million move from Monaco on transfer deadline day last year.

The Manchester United striker, who was infamously branded as a huge waste of money, finished his maiden season at Old Trafford with 17 goals to his name – more than the likes of Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata.

Dembele and Martial both possess tonnes of potential, and Arsene Wenger can atone for his failure to sign the United striker by snapping up Dembele whilst he has the chance.

Must buy

One thing that is certain is that Wenger must sign a striker this summer, with Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck often blowing hot and cold over at the Emirates Stadium.

The club have activated the £20 million release clause of Leicester City and England forward Jamie Vardy, but the common consensus seems to be that the 29-year-old will snub a move in favour of staying at the King Power Stadium.

That means that Wenger should do everything he can to sign Dembele, particularly with United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham all set to strengthen this summer.

Failure to land a top-class striker could lead to Wenger being out of a job in a year’s time, whereas signing Dembele could be the transfer that sees them finally end their agonising wait for the league title.

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