Mikel Arteta has four Arsenal striker picks for Crystal Palace as Edu waits on transfer go-ahead

Mikel Arteta has four potential striker options to pick from as Arsenal return to Premier League action against Crystal Palace on Saturday

Arsenal have four strikers which Mikel Arteta will need to choose from to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League

Arsenal return to Premier League action with the visit of Crystal Palace this weekend looking to return to the top three after both Tottenham and Aston Villa dropped points last weekend. They will need to win by more than two goals to go above Unai Emery’s side on goal difference but this is a topic of contention.

Whilst the chances have been coming at a canter, they have rarely seen a clinical finish. Fans would love a striker to come in during the January transfer window but until the club secure a sale, the likelihood of Edu Gaspar getting the green light on a move is very unlikely due to Profit and Sustainability Regulations.

With that in mind, Mikel Arteta still has four potential options to choose from on the day against Palace. football.london analyses the four choices and you can have your say at the end of the article.

Gabriel Jesus

The Brazilian missed the clash with Liverpool in the FA Cup due to a knee problem. It initially raised concerns considering that he had been missing two lengthy occasions following the need for surgery twice after injuring himself at the World Cup in the winter of 2022.

However, he has been spotted back in training with the team in Dubai. There is a good chance therefore that he will indeed be back for the visit of Palace and it would be his first start since the 2-0 defeat to West Ham in which he missed a glorious chance.

He will want to get back into top form. However, after those misses against the Hammers, the other choices have a good argument too.

Eddie Nketiah

Eddie Nketiah’s role in this game is filled with narrative as Crystal Palace are interested in the England international, football.london understands. Nothing official has materialised in the form of a bid thus far however, that might change as the window progresses.

In the meantime, Mikel Arteta maintains that Nketiah is an important part of his plans and showed that by choosing him over Gabriel Jesus in the defeat at Fulham. It was however a choice which appeared to backfire as the centre-forward struggled to make much of an impact in the game.

With the visit of Palace, Nketiah might now have slipped further down the pecking order. Arsenal need a finisher and whilst Nketiah has shown some clinical finishing inside the box, the Gunners’ system often relies on more from the striker to help the ball get there.

Kai Havertz

The scapegoat for many this season but also the target of some fair criticism too. That said, Kai Havertz had a good performance against Liverpool and with further analysis, the early scathing of the German international turned out to be somewhat misplaced.

He lacked a finish in the game which would have totally changed the complexion of the rhetoric around him. However, of the last three centre-forward appearances from Havertz, Nketiah and Jesus the summer signing is certainly the most promising of the lot and arguably deserves to keep his place this weekend.

Leandro Trossard

If however, Mikel Arteta has been so unimpressed with his last three selections he has a fourth choice which is to bring Leandro Trossard back into the central role. Trossard has played centrally twice from the start this league season – once in the 2-2 draw with Fulham and the other in a 3-1 win over Burnley in which he got a goal and an assist.

There have however been questions about the Belgian’s displays when he starts games with more meaningful performances coming from the bench. If Trossard is picked it will represent four different strikers to be chosen in four different games and a certain indicator to the club that this position remains very much open to serious investment in the future.

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