David Ornstein explains Arsenal’s stance on a centre-forward

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Ivan Toney of Brentford looks on during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Nottingham Forest at Brentford Community Stadium on April 29, 2023. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Writing in his Ask Ornstein Q&A for The Athletic this week, David Ornstein reported that as things stand, he doesn’t believe Arsenal are focusing on signing a striker in January.

Ornstein thinks a centre-forward signing is more likely to be on Arsenal’s agenda in the summer, though an injury or a bid for one of the club’s current forward options could change things.

For now, Arsenal are more likely to rely on their existing options to get them through the rest of the season.

Arsenal's German midfielder Kai Havertz runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Arsenal and PSV Eindhoven at the Arsenal Stadium in north London on September 20, 2023. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s German midfielder Kai Havertz runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Arsenal and PSV Eindhoven at the Arsenal Stadium in north London on September 20, 2023. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite the departure of Folarin Balogun in the summer, Arsenal do still have a number of options up front this season.

Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus are two of the obvious choices, and both have played up front for Mikel Arteta’s side already this season.

Then there’s Kai Havertz, who finished the 1-0 win over Manchester City in a central role, assisting Gabriel Martinelli’s winning goal.

Leandro Trossard played up front when Nketiah and Jesus were injured last season, and he’s done so briefly on a couple of occasions this campaign.

Arsenal's Belgian midfielder #19 Leandro Trossard (R) shoots to score the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on September 17, 2023. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Belgian midfielder #19 Leandro Trossard (R) shoots to score the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on September 17, 2023. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal have been linked with Ivan Toney recently, but there have been some suggestions that the rumours are coming more from Toney’s side at the moment.

If Ornstein’s suspicions about Arsenal’s intentions for the January window are correct, it may well be the case that Toney is more interested in the move than the Gunners are.

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