Arsenal: Sol Campbell picks out the two players that Mikel Arteta should sign to help Gunners win title
Sol Campbell was part of Arsenal’s last title winning team in 2004 and has identified the players he thinks they should sign to reclaim the title.
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Arsenal legend Sol Campbell has identified the two players that he would like to see Gunners manager Mikel Arteta sign in the January transfer window.
The 73-time England international controversially made the move from Tottenham to Arsenal in 2001 and went on to win two Premier League titles and three FA Cups during his time at Highbury.
Campbell’s most notable contribution saw him form part of the team which went unbeaten in the 2003/04 campaign and now nearly 20 years on from that triumph he has offered advice to Arteta on what he would need to do to end that wait for a title.
Speaking to Mirror Football, he said: “In the end, they will have to decide by January, do they need a centre forward. 20 to 25 goals in the Premier League. You know, in those big, tight games. I think it will help them. Is it always easy to find the right centre forward? I think eventually if they get someone like that, the right centre forward to compliment the attack – you need them to be able to play to dislodge defences.”
Arsenal currently have Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah and Kai Havertz as options for the central forward position, but Campbell elaborated by naming the two main strikers who he thinks could make the difference.
Campbell added: “‘[Victor] Osimhen. But is he going to cost too much money? There’s Ivan [Toney]. I think they’re good [in other areas of the pitch]. Center forward is one thing they might need to look at and see the possibilities, see what’s out there, or wait until next season.
“But if the right person comes along, an out-and-out striker, that can unlock those tight games, knows what to do in those positions, and also keeps defence occupied to then free up other people, they should maybe look at it Christmas time – if not, definitely next season. The right person will offload the pressure on the team, I think.”
Oshimen is a striker who has dominated the transfer headlines in recent weeks - attracting attention from Arsenal as well as London-rivals Chelsea. The Nigerian forward fired Napoli to the title with 26 goals in 32 appearances last season and has been productive this term with six goals from eight appearances.
However, there are a great deal of doubts about his future who was the subject of two controversial videos posted on the club’s TikTok account in September. The Daily Mail adds that his relationship with both the fans and the club has soured in recent weeks and he has also deleted all references to the club from his Instagram account.
The first showed the 24-year-old appealing for a penalty, with sped-up audio captioned 'Gimme penalty please' before showing him putting the spot-kick wide. A second video, which has been circulated online and since deleted, compared Osimhen to a 'coconut'.
He has also been out with a hamstring injury since mid-October. Napoli rolled the dice and sacked Rudi Garcia in recent days, replacing him with Walter Mazzarri, and it will be intriguing to see how the new coach affects his form and relationship with the club.
Toney has also been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal with the likes of Neil Warnock, Roy Keane and Ian Wright all urging the club to make a move for the striker. Toney scored 20 goals in 33 appearances for Brentford last season and is also the subject of interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and former club Newcastle United, according to reports.
The England striker returns from his suspension in mid-January and be the man needed to fire Arsenal to the title. He is valued at around £70m by Brentford, according to reports. Toney, himself, fuelled speculation of a move to Arsenal during his appearance on the Diary of a CEO podcast where he stated that Arsenal were a club he always “admired.”