Image Attribution – February 8, 2016 – Source – Canada Soccer/Flickr
The transfer rumours concerning Arsenal’s two most valuable talents – Aubameyang and Lacazette – continue to swirl amid links to yet another bright young forward.
In the last couple of days, the club have been linked by various sources to 20-year-old Canadian international Jonathan David. The young striker who plays his club football for Gent in the Belgian First Division, has scored 37 goals in 83 games for the East Flanders club since turning professional in the summer of 2018.
Such a quick start for a young striker playing abroad shows that the player has the potential to achieve big things in Europe, and he’s even scored 7 goals for Gent in the Europa League over the last two seasons.
Born in Brooklyn, New York City, David grew up in Ottawa, Canada, the son of Haitian immigrants. His talent was recognised early in Canada, where he played for a multitude of teams in Ottawa before being picked up by Gent. He represented Canada at U17 and U23 level before making his debut for the senior side in 2018, at just eighteen years old.
However, the more speculation there is about the possibility of new strikers coming into the club this summer, the more nervous fans have become online. There really shouldn’t be any need for forward additions this summer, with Aubameyang and Lacazette being the two senior strikers, plus Martinelli and Nketiah providing additional options through the middle.
Arsenal fan and season ticket-holder, Gary Jones, resents the idea of Aubameyang or Lacazette leaving, stating “We need our best players to stay if we want to rebuild effectively. That way we can focus on our main weakness which has definitely been the defence this year. If we have to shift focus to replacing players who we were hoping to keep, it will just interrupt any progress we were hoping to make this summer.”
It remains to be seen whether we will need to replace Aubameyang or Lacazette but the signs do not look good. However, perhaps under new leadership the squad will benefit from a freshen up and a change of player personnel. We can but hope.