Earlier this week, Leicester City sealed a deal for exciting forward Patson Daka.
The 22-year-old scored an impressive 34 goals in 42 appearances across all competitions last season for RB Salzburg in the Austrian League.
The Foxes had been linked with a number of top forwards in recent months as Brendan Rodgers searched for the right profile to add to his attack, yet their capture of Daka means it’s unlikely they’ll pursue any more strikers in this coming window.
Arsenal could use this to their advantage, particularly if they were to step up interest in Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard.
The Frenchman is already firmly on the Gunners radar, yet his name had also been near the top of Rodgers’ wish list at Leicester given that he worked with the Celtic man during his time in charge of the Glasgow club.
The player himself was thought to have been keen on a reunion with Rodgers, however, Daka’s arrival means that seems highly unlikely.
Despite this, Edouard has made it clear that he still wants a move away from Parkhead this summer, with the Premier League his desired destination.
Celtic are eager to keep the striker, but with just 12 months left on his current deal, they know they’ll need to cash in soon or risk losing him for nothing next year.
These two components could be ideal for Arsenal who can swoop in and potentially land the 23-year-old for a reasonable fee.
It’s reported that Mikel Arteta is already a fan of the Frenchman and based on his displays in Scotland, it’s easy to see why.
He’s scored 83 goals in 168 appearances for the Hoops, with 23 of those strikes coming last season. That tally breaks down to an impressive 0.63 goals per 90.
Not just a goal-getter, Edouard also illustrates himself as a hard-working forward, willing to come short to link play or make selfless runs behind in order to stretch and disrupt an opponent’s defence.
These sort of runs can be key in creating openings for teammates inside the opposition’s half, especially for a possession focussed outfit like Arsenal under Arteta.
When Edouard finds himself in these wider or deeper locations, his pace and dribbling ability means he can cause havoc, driving at and bypassing defenders with quick feet and impressive skill.
Strikingly, no centre-forward in the Scottish Premier League who played more than 500 minutes attempted more dribbles last season than Edouard’s average of 6.87 per 90.
This is poignant to note given that Arteta’s men lacked enough of these maverick profiles last season, captured by the fact that they finished the campaign with the fewest number of attempted dribbles per 90 across the whole Premier League.
Some of that came as a consequence of the tactics of Arteta, yet adding a player who can bring another dimension to the attack next season could be crucial in taking that next step back towards competing for Champions League places.
Given that Arsenal are looking to add at least one new forward to their squad this summer, Edouard’s age, current ability and potential ceiling makes him an obvious candidate, and Leicester’s decision to move for Daka could hand them a timely boost in their pursuit for his signature.