Mikel Arteta Discusses Arsenal Signing New Striker After FA Cup Exit to Liverpool

Mikel Arteta Discusses Arsenal Signing New Striker After FA Cup Exit to Liverpool

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at January 8, 2024 at 8:32 AM
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  • Mikel Arteta has opened up on the possibility of Arsenal getting a new striker
  • The Gunners' lack of goals and poor form have led to calls for a new forward
  • Evan Ferguson and Ivan Toney have been identified as potential new signings

Mikel Arteta has addressed Arsenal's potential foray into the January transfer market for a fresh striker amid their recent downturn in performance.

The team's form has faltered, managing just one victory in six games, and their recent 2-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday in the Emirates FA Cup highlighted this slump.

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Mikel Arteta and his charges appear dejected after Arsenal crashed out of the FA Cup against Liverpool. Photos by Andrew Powell and Shaun Botterill.
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Arsenal's struggles for goals

ESPN reports that this defeat marked Arsenal's first FA Cup home-opening loss since 1948.

Despite controlling much of the game and creating several opportunities, the Gunners failed to muster a goal, emphasising their struggles in front of goal.

For context, the Gunners have notched only three goals in these recent matches amid their exit from the prestigious tournament in the third round, suggesting the team's urgent need for a proficient striker is evident.

The current Arsenal attack, including Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah, Leandro Trossard, Bukayo Saka, and Gabriel Martinelli, has failed to hit double digits collectively in goals, as per Squawka Comparison Matrix, despite completing half of the season.

Arteta on getting new strikers

Meanwhile, the North London club has been linked with potential strikers like Brighton's Evan Ferguson and Ivan Toney, the latter making headlines with a hat-trick for Brentford's B team as he nears a return to action following an eight-month betting ban.

However, speaking after their FA Cup exit, Arteta expressed scepticism about the likelihood of the club securing a new striker during the January transfer window.

"At the moment, it doesn't look realistic," the 41-year-old said, as quoted by Tribuna.
"My job is to improve the players we have. One thing is what we can do: we need to stay behind those players. Gabriel Jesus injury? Hopefully, it's not anything big, but we had a scan, and we couldn't take a risk."

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Arteta blamed for Arsenal's FA Cup loss

Sports Brief also previously reported on Piers Morgan tearing into Mikel Arteta, asking him to step up in the January transfer market to rescue Arsenal's season.

The Gunners lost their third successive match in all competitions after going down to Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup at home at the Emirates Stadium.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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