Arsenal told Calvert-Lewin would be 'big mistake' after latest

By Gabriel Agbonlahor

10th Apr, 2022 | 4:00pm

Agbonlahor: Arsenal making 'big mistake' if they complete Dominic Calvert-Lewin signing

Arsenal would be making a “big mistake” if they signed Dominic Calvert-Lewin this summer, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England forward insisted Arsenal need to “spend whatever it takes” on an in-form striker who suits their system.

A source with knowledge of Arsenal’s recruitment plans told Football Insider at the end of last month (30 March) their top target will be a physical striker under the age of 24.

This site then revealed last Saturday (2 April) that they had cooled their interest in Calvert-Lewin, 25, due to his persistent injury struggles.

It is understood the Gunners have set aside “huge” funds to secure a new forward capable of leading the line next season.

“That’s the only aim they should have in the transfer window,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“You have to have a top, top striker. Unless you have unbelievable wingers and number 10s like Liverpool and Man City do.

“Liverpool don’t need a striker, they don’t play with one, Man City don’t play with one. They can get away with it because of the service from right-back, the goals from midfield.

“Arsenal, without Saka and Smith Rowe, there are not many other goalscorers. There are not many that can get goals from centre-midfield, right-back.

“They need a striker and they need to go out and spend whatever it takes because you’ve got to keep improving every year to try and get into that top-four.

“I wouldn’t touch Calvert-Lewin if I was Arsenal. They can’t afford to make another big mistake.

“They need to go out and get a proven goalscorer. Yes, Calvert-Lewin has done it but he’s looked in poor form. You can’t be paying big bucks for someone who has had a poor season.

“I don’t think he suits their style of play also. They don’t like to get loads of crosses in and he’s not really good with his hold up play, he’s not going to be a player who’s going to link the play with a great first touch.

“He’s not the signing I would make if I was Arsenal.”

In other news, Arsenal are in the hunt to sign a third Aston Villa star and Steven Gerrard has told his agent he can go.