Kevin Campbell has told Arsenal to sign Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez this summer, describing the striker as a ‘finisher’.
Martinez, 24, has been linked with a move to the Gunners following a prolific spell in Italy where he has scored 61 goals for Inter over the past three seasons.
Arsenal are searching for a new striker to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who left to join Barcelona in January. Meanwhile, Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are set to leave the club at the end of the season with their contracts running out.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: ‘Martinez is a finisher, that is what he is. Arsenal do create a lot of chances.
‘Let’s be honest, Arsenal have played the season without a lethal striker. (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang went off the boil, (Alexandre) Lacazette went off the boil and (Eddie) Nketiah isn’t the answer.
‘They have been relying on (Bukayo) Saka, (Emile) Smith Rowe, (Martin) Odegaard and (Gabriel) Martinelli notching goals. They have been relying on the youngsters.
‘We need a regular scorer at the top end of the pitch for next season. I think Martinez would be an exceptional signing. I think he’s mustard.’
Martinez is under contract at the San Siro until 2026 but could be tempted by a move to the Emirates if the Gunners can qualify for the Champions League.
Mikel Arteta has already outlined how a return to Europe’s top table would help the club in the market and, according to The Times, sees Martinez as one of possibly two striker signings as he looks to add firepower to a side which has scored just 54 league goals this season – the lowest amount in the top-six.
Arsenal currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League, two points ahead of Tottenham who they face later this month.
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