As a former Arsenal striker – and a good one, at that – it may be wise to trust Ian Wright’s opinions when it comes to the club buying new attackers more than others.
The pundit has been speaking recently about two of his former clubs wrangling over the possible transfer of Wilfried Zaha, after Arsenal locked horns with Crystal Palace by submitting a £40m bid for the attacker.
While Wright believes Zaha’s signing would be “magnificent”, the ex-Gunners hitman had a warning for his former team in North London.
Speaking to South China Morning Post, he claimed that any departure for either Alexandre Lacazette or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be “disastrous”.
And it’s hard to disagree with that given the effect of those two strikers in the previous season for Arsenal.
Should one of their departures be the consequence of Zaha’s arrival, it could put a lot of unnecessary pressure on Zaha if he is asked to recoup the amount of goals that either Lacazette or Aubameyang contributed to Arsenal’s cause last year – which would require him to reach the 20-goal mark in his first Gunners season.
But if that is the only way Unai Emery sees for The Gunners to solve their winger issues, then a big decision will have to be made sooner or later – with Arsenal showing their intentions earlier this week with their bid for the Ivorian.
For now, it is within Arsenal’s power to make the right decisions – but should probably take heed from a legend’s advice to avoid potential disaster.