Arsenal should avoid making another striker signing this January, or risk the wrath of their current crop.
That is the verdict from Gunners icon David Seaman, who has told Mikel Arteta to hold fire over his transfer ambitions.
The Spanish coach has plans to bolster his frontline this month and there have been plenty of links to players, including forwards Mykhaylo Mudryk and Joao Felix.
Gabriel Jesus has been missing from action for over a month after an injury at the World Cup and a recovery date is yet to be confirmed.
Arteta has asked the club to sign him a striker this month before the transfer window closes.
But Arsenal legend Seaman reckons that could be a bad idea and might upset Eddie Nketiah, who has worked well since Jesus’ absence.
The former England goalkeeper exclusively told NaijaOnPoint Breakfast: “The problem you’ve got is you don’t know how long Gabriel Jesus is going to be out for.
“If that is a shorter term injury then no you don’t [need a replacement]. If it’s longer term then you’ve got to think about it because you don’t want Jesus and Nketiah being back at full fitness and then another striker is overload.
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“Does that upset either striker? I’m sure it would upset Nketiah if he wasn’t getting game-time.
“It is a difficult one and it all depends on the injury status of Jesus, how long is he going to be out for?”
Nketiah was in fine form on Monday night when he scored twice in a 3-0 win over Oxford United in the FA Cup, taking his tally to four goals in his last four appearances.
It has alleviated some of the fear that was held that Jesus injury might derail Arsenal’s title charge, yet Arteta has insisted that he still needs reinforcements.
The Gunners boss said: “Eddie is getting better and better but the problem is that we have only one striker and to cope for that many months until Gabby Jesus is back is not easy.
“We have to get the most out of the players that we have at the moment but it will be great if we can get some reinforcements.”
Arsenal face Tottenham next on Sunday in a huge north London derby for both sides, as Antonio Conte’s men look to fight for a spot in the top four.
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