'I'd take him': Arsenal legend urges Gunners to sign prolific Premier League striker

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta takes a training session at the club's training ground on April 20, 2023 in London Colney, United Kingdom.
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Arsenal legend Paul Merson is keen for the Gunners to sign Ivan Toney this summer, amid rumours of a move to the Emirates Stadium for the Brentford striker.

Only Erling Haaland and Harry Kane have scored Premier League goals this season than Toney, who has found the net 20 times for Thomas Frank's Bees.

The England international, 27, has seen his stock continue to rise this term – and, despite potentially facing a lengthy ban in relation to betting breaches – he has been linked with several top clubs, with Manchester United and Chelsea also said to be interested.

And Merson would love to see Toney make the move to North London. Speaking to Sky Sports, the two-time First Division champion explained:

Ivan Toney of Brentford celebrates by putting his fingers to his ears after scoring his team's winning goal in the Premier League match between Manchester City and Brentford at the Etihad Stadium on November 12, 2022 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Toney has scored against Arsenal and Manchester City this season (Image credit: Alex Livesey / Getty Images)

"I don’t see too much difference between him and [Gabriel] Jesus, I don’t, but if I was Arsenal, I would take him. I would take him.

"He suits Arsenal down to the ground. Sometimes, you cannot go long with Jesus, but you can go long with Toney. He is good in the air; he has got a very good brain, Toney; he can see a picture.

"He is not Harry Kane, but he can do a Harry Kane job where he can come off the centre-halves and he can pass through and he can find a pass and he is tidy."

Toney joined Brentford from League One Peterborough United in 2020 and helped the Bees to their first-ever promotion to the Premier League a year later, top-scoring in the Championship with 31 goals during his first campaign in West London.

He earned his first England call-up last autumn, eventually making his debut for the Three Lions in March's Euro 2024 qualifying victory over Ukraine at Wembley.

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...