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Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is the latest name being linked with a summer transfer to Arsenal.
The 22-year-old has been in superb form for the Scottish champions this season.
He has scored 27 goals, weighed in with a further 19 assists in 45 appearances across all competitions and football.london understands that the Gunners have extensively scouted him over the course of the campaign.
Although, the north London outfit are not alone when it comes to interest in the Frenchman.
Manchester United have also been linked with Edouard whilst Celtic attempt to tie their top scorer to fresh terms with his current contract due to expire in 2022.
An immediate move for Edouard could be dependant on what happens to a pair of Arsenal strikers this summer as the forward could be brought in as a replacement or to provide competition in the attack.
Should this happen then head coach Mikel Arteta will have a big selection dilemma on his hands. So how could the Gunners line up with the Frenchman in the squad?
Well, we just want to focus mainly on the front four as who knows what changes are in store for Arsenal in terms of defence as well as in midfield as they’ve been linked with several options in both areas ahead of the summer window.
Here we take a look at three ways in which Arsenal could line up with Edouard in the side for the 2020/2021 campaign.
There is no guarantee that the Arsenal captain will be at the Emirates Stadium next season. His contract expires in 2021, but if he doesn’t sign a new deal then there’s every chance he could be sold.
Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Inter Milan are just some of the clubs being linked with his signature.
Make no mistake about it, Arteta will have a huge problem on his hands if Aubameyang is not a member of his squad for the 2020/21 campaign.
This is where Edouard could be a like-for-like replacement for the Gabon international.
Yes the Frenchman plays most of his football as the central striker, but last season he had stints on the flanks for Celtic and it’s a role that Aubameyang has done very well in since Arteta’s appointment.
In this system, Edouard would be cutting in from the left and looking to link up with compatriot Alexandre Lacazette who will be battling it out with Eddie Nketiah to lead the line next season.
Leading the line
In a dream scenario for Arsenal fans, Aubameyang signs a new deal this summer and Edouard arrives to dislodge Lacazette from the centre-forward role.
With his goalscoring record this season – albeit being in Scotland – the Frenchman would have a strong argument to start ahead of the Gunners no.9 who has also been linked with a summer exit.
This setup is one of two ways to get Edouard and Aubameyang in the same side using Arteta’s 4-2-3-1 formation,
Aubameyang would continue from the left of an attacking trio which also includes Nicolas Pepe, but with Kieran Tierney or Bukayo Saka providing the width, he wouldn’t be tasked with staying wide.
Instead, he will drift in and look to convert any chances that fall his way.
Meanwhile, Edouard’s responsibilities would not only to be to score goals but to hold the ball up and allow the likes of Aubameyang, Pepe and the no.10 to play off him.
This setup is another way to get Edouard and Aubameyang in the same starting lineup.
But this time the latter moves into a centre-forward role, with wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli coming in on the left-wing.
So where does that leave Edouard?
That’s right as the number 10.
Whilst that might be an unfamiliar role for a striker who has a brilliant goalscoring record this season, the fact he’s also weighed in with almost 20 assists across all competitions shows he has a creative side.
On paper, it makes for a mouth-waterting attacking quartet.