Mikel Arteta arrived at Arsenal in December 2019 to replace fellow countryman Unai Emery who was sacked by the Arsenal board after a poor run of results.
Mikel Arteta won the FA Cup and Community Shield shortly after his arrival but has faced a lot of pressure since his team finished in the eighth position consecutively in the Premier League standings.
Despite six additions to the playing squad this summer, the current season started slowly again for Mikel Arteta's team with the Gunners losing the first three consecutive games to Brentford FC, Chelsea and Manchester City.
But the Gunners recovered with three straight wins against Norwich City, Burnley FC and Tottenham Hotspur in the North London Derby. The Gunners then played against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Falmer Stadium last weekend and it ended in a goalless draw.
After the game, rumours circulated that Arsenal desires to sign a new striker in the upcoming January transfer window with names like Benfica's Darwin Nunez and Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin being mentioned. But having signed six new players recently, fans are sceptical that Arsenal would want to add a new player to the squad so soon.
I think the rumours of Arsenal's wish to sign a new striker in January may be true and here are two reasons why.
1. Alexandre Lacazette is in the final year of his contract. There are no news of any contract renewal offers and Arsenal's last chance to get any money for the French striker would be in the upcoming January transfer window.
Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan have been linked with moves for Alexandre Lacazette and if he is sold in January, the Gunners would need a replacement.
2. Mikel Arteta has implemented a tactical set-up that needs a striker who is good in the air, able to run the channels and has the movements to finish off attacking moves. Both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang aren't suited for this role.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has the movement to finish off moves but lacks the ability to help in the build-up play and is weak aerially. Alexandre Lacazette is good in the build-up but lacks height and movement to finish off attacking moves.
These reasons are why rumours of Arsenal's desire to sign a new striker in the January transfer window may be true.
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