Should Arsenal Sign Clarets Striker Chris Wood
Arsenal have been urged to target Burnley striker Chris Wood if they need to find a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette in the coming months. Before the Premier League campaign was halted by the coronavirus there was speculation over the futures of the Gunners’ top strike duo.
Top sports writer and Arsenal fan Matt Scott believes Wood would be a great signing saying he could be the Gunners’ new Olivier Giroud. As Aubameyang’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expires in June 2021, there has been plenty of rumours of a possible move away from the club, especially if the club miss out on Champions League.
Lacazette’s deal has a little longer to run expiring in June 2022, although there have been reports Mikel Arteta could look to cash in on the frontman in the next transfer window as part of his squad rebuild. Like a number of their recent signings, including winger Nicolas Pepe, centre-back William Saliba and full-back Kieran Tierney, the Gunners could look to bring in top players from abroad in their search for their next striker.
But Scott believes there is an under appreciated player already in the Premier League who could be the perfect fit. He told Hawksbee & Jacob “If Arsenal do lose Aubameyang and or Lacazette, then Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli, great as they look, are still too raw at the age they are to be leading the line for a club like Arsenal.
So they are going to have to look at another centre forward and believe it or not, I believe it should be Chris Wood. People are not going to like it but I’ll tell you why I think so. It’s my view that Arsenal are missing Olivier Giroud, he always gave them another way of playing. In his prime he was very good for Arsenal and since he’s come back into the Chelsea team this season he’s been terrific.
Giroud’s minutes-per-goal ratio in his last few seasons at Arsenal was unbelievably good, he’s a real finisher and I think you’ve got one in Chris Wood at Burnley as well. The first thing you have to say about Arsenal generally is they are absolutely the worst team in the air in the whole Premier League. It’s astonishing how bad they are. Shkodran Mustafi apart, they are all absolute flowers when the ball is fizzed in.
It’s fair to say Nketiah has showed a bit of early promise in heading the ball, but he’s only 5ft 9in so you can’t really expect him to be the target man I think Arsenal need to add that other option. Chris Wood is an absolute identikit to Giroud, in football terms. He’s not necessarily the quickest, but I think he’s quicker than Giroud. He’s got a chance conversion rate of 1 in every 4.8 chances and when you compare that to 1 in every 6.5 for Lacazette, he’s a finisher.”