Edu Eyeing “Superstar” Who Could Be the Difference-maker in Arsenal’s Attack Next Year

Arsenal’s Premier League campaign has been stellar, though they may narrowly miss the mark in the end.

Following last year’s underwhelming finale, Mikel Arteta’s youthful squad regrouped and once more posed a significant threat to Manchester City’s remarkable domestic supremacy.

Not only have the team from North London prolonged their challenge this season, but they’ve also exhibited greater potency in attack, courtesy of Kai Havertz’s arrival from Chelsea.

Thriving in his new role as the central striker, Havertz has unquestionably delivered, and there’s optimism among fans as the club looks poised to acquire a player who could elevate his game even further next season.

As per a recent report from the Spanish newspaper SPORT, Arsenal maintain a keen interest in acquiring the services of Paris Saint-Germain’s promising talent, Xavi Simons, currently showcasing his skills on loan at RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

However, it’s been disclosed that Bayern Munich, the German powerhouse, is also eyeing the young star. While Simons desires a return to his childhood club, Barcelona, the financial constraints at the Catalan club make it improbable to meet PSG’s €60m (£52m) valuation.

Securing the signature of the highly-rated prospect poses a challenge, yet there’s optimism for supporters as negotiations are anticipated to conclude by May 31st, per the report.

While the investment in the 21-year-old may be substantial, given his impressive performances in both the Netherlands and Germany, it’s deemed a worthwhile pursuit by Arsenal’s management, particularly for Havertz.

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How Xavi Simons Could Supercharge Kai Havertz

Adding Simons to the youthful and dynamic Arsenal squad would likely elevate the performance of all attacking talents, especially the starting striker, currently Havertz.

Last season, while playing for Eredivisie powerhouse PSV Eindhoven, Simons showcased his prowess with 22 goals and 12 assists in 48 appearances, primarily from the left wing and attacking midfield positions.

This season at Leipzig, he has contributed nine goals and 15 assists from both flanks, demonstrating his adaptability in a top-tier European league. Havertz, in particular, should be excited by Simons’ ability to create opportunities, considering the comparatively modest assist records of Trossard and Martinelli.

Simons vs Trossard vs Martinelli in 23/24
PlayersSimonsTrossardMartinelli
Appearances424543
Goals9178
Assists1525
Assists per Match0.350.040.11
Goal Involvements per Match0.570.420.30
All Stats via Transfermarkt

The dearth of service from the left flank has clearly affected the goal-scoring opportunities for the German player this season. Contrary to popular belief, he’s not wasteful in front of goal.

In reality, his 12 league goals barely surpass his expected goals figure of 11.83, indicating that with better support from his teammates, he could convert more chances. This is where the Dutch “superstar” highlighted by U23 scout Antonio Mango could make a difference.

Arsenal’s best finishers (Attackers only)
PositionPlayersGoalsExpected Goals
1Leandro Trossard129.56 (-2.44)
2Kai Havertz1211.83 (-0.17)
3Eddie Nketiah55.06 (+0.06)
4Bukayo Saka1616.81 (+0.81)
5Gabriel Martinelli66.96 (+0.96)
All Stats via Understat

In investing significant funds in young talents, there’s inherent risk. However, in the case of Simons, it’s hard to refute data analyst Ben Mattionson’s assertion of his “superstar potential.”

Thus, Arsenal should prioritize securing him for the Emirates this month if the opportunity arises.

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