5 goals in 31 games, £50m-rated – Arsenal taking risky gamble on Man Utd player [Opinion]

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Mikel Arteta faces the very real prospect of losing three strikers in two transfer windows, so he’s expected to prioritise a centre-forward this summer.

Arsenal released Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in February, could lose Alexandre Lacazette when his contract expires in June and are likely to let Eddie Nketiah leave, so they’ll need at least one player brought in ahead of next season.

Football Insider say Marcus Rashford is one of many players on their radar. The 24-year-old is coming off the back of a disappointing season at Manchester United and may feel he needs a change of scenery to turn things around.

Rashford has scored just five goals in 31 games across the board in 2021/22, starting only 17 games after falling behind Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo in the striker pecking order. Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga have been preferred on the wing, so Rashford’s long-term future is up in the air.

The England international, who hasn’t represented his country since their Euro 2020 final defeat in July 2021, has an asking price of €60m-€80m (£50m-£67.4m). His contract expiring in 2023 might result in his value dropping too, though United have the option to trigger a 12-month extension.

Rashford scored 21 goals with 15 assists in 57 games last season, but he looks a shadow of that player now. Why Arsenal would want to commit so much money to signing him remains to be seen, however. The 24-year-old hasn’t played as a natural centre-forward for some time in Manchester, so would Arteta be reverting him back?

Summary

There are surely more prolific strikers available to Arsenal that won’t break the bank, so it remains to be seen if they pursue this line of enquiry. Rashford hit double figures for league goals in three consecutive seasons before this campaign, so maybe that’s the player Arteta is hoping for.