Arsenal don't need a striker: they desperately need to fix their midfield

Arsenal star Martin Odegaard looks dejected after the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between FC Bayern München and Arsenal FC at Allianz Arena on April 17, 2024 in Munich, Germany.
Arsenal star Martin Odegaard looks dejected after losing to Bayern Munich (Image credit: James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Arsenal fans have been shouting about needing an elite striker all season. If any of them had been dual-screening the Manchester City tie in the last week, they'd have seen Erling Haaland struggling just as much as Kai Havertz.

The Gunners' feeble exit from the Champions League will be dissected for months – and there are clear weaknesses that Mikel Arteta has left exposed. A lack of experience from this group cost them in key moments; likewise, the Basque boss has failed to rotate beyond 14 or 15 regular starters, leaving the core of his squad knackered – though injury issues have prevented him from integrating more fringe stars. 

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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White has been at on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, first as a staff writer before becoming content editor in 2023. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also represented FFT at both FA Cup and League Cup finals (though didn't receive a winners' medal on either occasion) and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He has written cover features for the mag on Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard, and is assisted by his cat, Rosie, who has interned for the brand since lockdown.