How Kai Havertz Could Inspire Arsenal to Change Their Transfer Plans This Summer

Kai Havertz’s recent goal-scoring spree for Arsenal has prompted the Gunners to reconsider their transfer plans for the upcoming summer.

Previously, it was widely thought that Mikel Arteta prioritised signing a new striker during the summer transfer window.

Reports suggested Arsenal were scouting for someone to provide backup and competition for current No. 9 Gabriel Jesus. However, with Havertz’s recent form, Arteta may be changing this plan.

While Arsenal might still pursue a new striker, the profile of the potential signing could surprise many. With Havertz now a consistent goal scorer, Arteta might lean towards a younger player who has the potential to develop and mature over time.

Arsenal’s transfer targets are shifting towards higher-priced options, moving away from initially linked strikers like Ivan Toney due to hefty price demands from their clubs.

Sporting Lisbon’s Viktor Gyokeres is another sought-after player, but his successful stint in Portugal means he won’t come cheap either, especially considering his recent move.

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Even young talents like Brighton’s Evan Ferguson, though fitting Arsenal’s criteria, may prove too costly given the Seagulls’ reputation for commanding substantial fees.

As a result, Arsenal seem poised to invest heavily in a winger to bolster their already talented attacking lineup, particularly to ease the burden on Bukayo Saka, who shoulders much of the responsibility on the right flank amidst competition from other versatile players like Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, and Leandro Trossard.

In the upcoming summer, there may be several departures from the Emirates Stadium, with Eddie Nketiah, Aaron Ramsdale, Reiss Nelson, and Emile Smith Rowe all potentially seeking new clubs. Their exits could provide the necessary financial boost for new signings.

At present, Arteta is fully focused on the upcoming matches until the end of the season. With seven league games remaining, Arsenal currently lead the Premier League table.

Additionally, they have a crucial second-leg match against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, following a 2-2 draw at the Emirates on Tuesday.

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