Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson feels his old club should be doing their all to land Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being shown the door by Arsenal recently, a new striker is a must. The Gunners were tracking Serie A talisman Dusan Vlahovic, but were beaten to the punch by Juventus.
They did, however, identify Calvert-Lewin as a suitable back-up option. While they did not land a striker in January, the Everton man may be a priority in the summer.
The 24-year-old has surpassed 10 Premier League goals in back-to-back seasons. He found the back of the net 13 times in 2019/20 and 16 times the following season.
Merson feels Arsenal should be doing all they can to try prise him away from the Toffees.
“Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a perfect fit for Arsenal and they should break the bank to sign him next summer,” he said via Daily Star.
“Arsenal need a world class centre forward. They’ve just saved £25m in wages getting rid of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.”
While calling Calvert-Lewin world class may be a tad premature, he certainly has a lot of potential. What’s more, he has Premier League experience, which will attract Arsenal.
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“I’ve seen some centre forwards in my time and he works as hard as any of them. Plus he’s good in the air and he scores goals. I’d be doing that deal now,” Merson added.
Indeed, the Everton forward has scored almost as many headed goals (18) as he has with his right foot (20) in the league.
Calvert-Lewin would join hungry English cohort
Merson also feels as if the 24-year-old has a bright future with the national team.
“Calvert-Lewin is young and hungry. He will be England’s first choice No. 9 in years to come. He holds the ball up very well and he works his socks off up front,” he said.
Should he join Arsenal, he would be joining a group of current and future England stars.
“He’s only going to get better and he ticks the boxes. He’d be joining a squad full of young, hungry England players that could all grow together,” he added.
“They’ve got Aaron Ramsdale, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Ben White – they could easily have five players in the England squad if they signed Calvert-Lewin.”
Indeed, Mikel Arteta could have the bulk of England’s stars for years to come at his disposal should he add Calvert-Lewin to the side.