Arteta told Dutch star is perfect transfer solution to Arsenal profligacy

Date published: Thursday 10th December 2020 1:08 - James Marshment

Wout Weghorst

Mikel Arteta has been told he can cure Arsenal’s lack of goals this season by raiding Wolfsburg for prolific striker Wout Weghorst.

The Gunners lie 15th in the Premier League after picking up just 13 points in 11 games.

They fell to a 2-0 defeat in the London derby against Tottenham at the weekend, sealing their worst start to a season in nearly 40 years.

Arteta led the club to FA Cup glory last term but his position at the club is becoming increasingly unsteady.

Reports on Tuesday suggested a big-name European coach was waiting in the wings for the axe to fall on the Spaniard.

Much of Arsenal’s issues have come from a lack of potency in front of goal. Last season’s top scorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has just one goal from open play this season.

However, Wolfsburg former coach Andries Jonker claims they could solve all that in instant were they to sign Weghorst.

The towering striker has been strongly linked with Tottenham in the past. And while Spurs look strong in the striking department, Weghorst has made no secret of his desire to try his luck in the Premier League.

 

Indeed, the 6ft 5in hitman has even stated a move to Arsenal would be his “perfect next step”.

Asked about playing for Arsenal last summer, Weghorst said: “That would be nice, wouldn’t it. That would be a good thing, of course that fits in the perfect picture.”

And talking up his credentials is Jonker, who clearly knows all about what Weghorst can do.

“Journalists called me and asked if he would be able to play for Arsenal,” he told SportBuzzer.


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“If you can be successful in the Bundesliga in Wolfsburg and if you keep knocking on the door of the Dutch national team, then you have to be able to be successful in England too.

“I’m not thinking of clubs like Manchester City or Chelsea, but all other clubs fit. Actually Arsenal would fit very well.”

Pablo Mari backing for Arteta

Pablo Mari, meanwhile, insists everyone at Arsenal is committed to ending their poor run and has explained why sacking Arteta is not the answer.

Mari insists the Gunners were determined to arrest their slide. However, he did admit there was a lot of confusion at why results have been so poor.

“It is the million-dollar question. Everyone in the club is thinking about what is happening to us,” Mari told EFE, via Sport Witness.

“In the dressing room, we give 100% in every game. We give 100% in every training session to reverse this situation. But I think that within all this, football is streaks and I believe a lot in this kind of thing.

“As much as you want to score 10 goals each game, there will be times when you can’t score any.

“We are in that dynamic right now. No matter how hard you try, football is not giving you everything that you give it. It is a matter of changing it.”

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