Arsenal report: Mikel Arteta could sign the "new Thierry Henry" for just £25m

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta
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Arsenal could solve their striker conundrum with another youngster tipped for big things. 

Gunners gaffer Mikel Arteta has revolutionised the club in the last two years, replacing the older stars in the side with hungrier youngsters. The oldest player in the current squad is now Alexandre Lacazette, 30 – but he's out of contract in the summer.

The Emirates outfit have just Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah to choose from when it comes to who to field up front and both are out of contract in the summer. With a failed attempt to land Dusan Vlahovic in January, Arteta is still looking for another forward. (opens in new tab) say that Cody Gakpo is one option for Arsenal.

The Dutchman can play across the frontline and has developed into a lethal attacker. While he's most often deployed out wide, the PSV man has an impressive eight goals in 17 appearances whilst operating in the role – and has been likened to Premier League legend Thierry Henry stylistically.

Gakpo signed a new deal last month to ward off suitors but with Arsenal targeting big reinforcements in the summer, they might be keen on spending good money on a young player with a decent scoring record and a history of having captained the side. PSV director John de Jong has already confirmed, too, that there has been interest from big European clubs.

“The interest started early in the season, when he performed well, also with the Dutch national team,” de Jong told PSV TV.

“My goal is to keep him for the season at all times. I don’t know how long we can keep him out of the hands of the big clubs in Europe. How he performs is the most important thing.”

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Mark White
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.