Gabriel Agbonlahor has urged Arsenal to pursue Newcastle United target Ivan Toney as a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal are in the market for a number of players. In recent weeks, the north Londoners have stepped up their efforts in the market, and they seem to be making some important moves in the right direction. Signing a new striker or two is firmly on their agenda and director Edu Gaspar recently confirmed they have their plans in order.
On Saturday, reports emerged of Arsenal’s keen interest in Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, with talks well advanced at this stage to bring the Brazilian to the Emirates. Arsenal are looking at Premier League proven talents and hence those links are understandable.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has now urged Arsenal through his comments on Football Insider to sign two strikers in the window and suggested Ivan Toney as an option. The former Aston Villa captain insisted the Brentford man could be the ideal replacement for Alexandre Lacazette.
Agbonlahor said, “I’d get rid of Lacazette. If I was Arsenal I’d then bring in two top strikers in the summer, 100 per cent. They should look at someone like Toney.”
“He’s proven he’s Premier League quality this season, you won’t have to pay ridiculous wages because he’s not going to be on crazy wages at the moment. It’s not going to be a crazy transfer fee. He’ll guarantee you hold up play, work rate, scoring goals. It’s a signing that a lot of teams in the Premier League will look at.”
Toney could generally be seen as an able replacement for Lacazette considering both strikers play with a similar style. However, if the Gunners plan an approach for the Brentford forward, they have Newcastle United in their way as competition, with the Magpies interested in signing their former centre-forward.
Newcastle want to explore other options as an alternative for Darwin Nunez, who may not be open to joining them in the summer. However, Arsenal could be playing in Europe next season, which could appeal to Toney should the Gunners act on Agbonlahor’s advice and make a move for the Brentford star.
After the season ends, it is possible that Toney may leave Brentford in search of a bigger challenge. It remains to be seen where he ends up, with interest in him likely to grow in the coming months.