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Leicester City Set To Pip Arsenal In Pursuit Of Celtic Ace: A Big Blow For Arteta?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Daily Mail, Leicester City are closing in on Odsonne Edouard capture. The Foxes are apparently leading Arsenal in the pursuit of the Celtic forward, who is destined to join Premier League in the upcoming summer transfer window. Brendan Rodgers’ past experience with Edouard has played a key role in convincing the player to a move to Leicester, ahead of clubs like Arsenal and Roma.

Do Arsenal Require A New Forward?

Arsenal are poised to make a massive overhaul in the upcoming summer, with Mikel Arteta keen on offloading fringe players. The Spaniard had already sold stars like Mesut Ozil, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi in January while players like Alexandre Lacazette and even Reiss Nelson could be the ones to follow in the summer.

Lacazette’s departure, in particular, is likely as the Frenchman has been largely ignored by Arteta since Aubameyang’s return of form. However, his absence in the teamsheet could create a large void in the offensive unit, which doesn’t bode well, as Eddie Nketiah surely isn’t ready to take on the mantle of becoming the joint primary striker for the team alongside Aubameyang.

Therefore, the Gunners could definitely welcome the arrival of a new forward in the summer – someone who can complement Aubameyang and help the team become more productive going forward.

Leicester City are closing in on Odsonne Edouard capture - He could have been an ideal coup.
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Why Odsonne Was The Perfect Option

Edouard Odsonne has been a star figure at Celtic, since joining the club back in 2017. He has netted 81 goals in just 161 competitive matches for the Scottish giants and is currently the top scorer of the Premiership this term.

What makes Odsonne such an appealing target for Arsenal is his style of play. While Lacazette might indeed be more industrious than most strikers, Edouard possesses an ideal blend of power and speed that has made him such a star in Scotland.

Standing at 1.87m, the Frenchman is much more competent in the air as well as in physical duels that are tailor-made for the Premier League. He could have thus provided the grit to Aubameyang’s grace – ultimately adding a new dimension to Arsenal’s style of play.

At the age of just 23, Odsonne also has time on his side and could have become the face of the new-look Arsenal attack under Mikel Arteta for years to come. And for a fee of just £15 million, he could indeed be a bargain for the north London giants this summer.

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