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Arsenal tempted by massive gamble for injury-plagued 73-goal forward to provide Jesus competition

Arsenal are reportedly considering taking a gamble on an injury-prone striker who has 73 career goals to his name this summer as they look for competition for Gabriel Jesus next season.

The Gunners are expected to be in the market for a new No.9 as Mikel Arteta looks for more squad depth given that the club will almost certainly be back in the Champions League in 2023/2024.

Eddie Nketiah filled in well for Jesus during the Brazilian’s injury lay-off and has scored nine times this season. However, it’s obvious that Arteta wants more competition for places in the final third despite Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka scoring 26 goals between them.

And that is where Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin comes into the conversation again.

Football Insider reports that the England attacker has once again emerged on the Gunners’ radar, having been strongly linked with a switch to north London before his injury issues took over.

Arteta wants to add a cut-price option to his squad and Calvert-Lewin could well be available for a bargain fee, given his struggles again this term.

The 26-year-old has made only 30 appearances over the last two seasons and is currently on the sidelines again. He’s also only featured 12 times this campaign, scoring once.

However, when fully fit, Calvert-Lewin has shown in the past that he can be a high-level Premier League frontman.

It was during the 2020/21 season where he took his game to new levels, scoring 21 goals in all competitions.

His performances over that season saw Arteta show a firm interest in the player and the Gunners chief has maintained that admiration, despite Calvert-Lewin’s subsequent struggles.

The former Sheffield United star moved to Merseyside in August 1016 and has scored 59 goals and added 18 assists in 203 games for the club.

Calvert-Lewin might benefit from change of scenery

In total he has scored 73 senior career goals, but this season has been a real struggle again.

Calvert-Lewin started the campaign recovering from a knee injury and has been out with a hamstring problem in recent weeks.

He had been expected to be available again for Monday night’s clash with Tottenham but is not expected to feature.

As for the table-topping Gunners, they march on in their pursuit of a first Premier League title since 2004.

Saturday’s 4-1 rout of Leeds saw Arsenal move eight points clear of second-placed Manchester City again after Pep Guradiola’s men had earlier thumped Liverpool by the same scoreline.

Next up for Arteta’s men is a trip to struggling Liverpool next Sunday.

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