Arsenal's botched striker moves suggest transfer chiefs are still 'missing a trick'

Arsenal’s botched moves for Patrick Schick and Lautaro Martinez have shown that the club’s transfer chiefs are ‘missing a trick’ that a Gunners legend highlighted last summer. Mikel Arteta is desperate to sign a striker in the upcoming transfer window, with Alexandre Lacazette set to depart the club.

Both Schick and Martinez have been touted as possible options following impressive seasons from both players. But the former has now signed a new contract with Bayer Leverkusen and according to The Times, the latter has flatly rejected a move to the Emirates Stadium.

It leaves their pursuit of a striker back at square one, a position they have been trying to improve since last summer. Back then, it was Tammy Abraham who was top of their shopping list, but the Englishman joined Roma instead.

Arsenal’s failure to sign Abraham drew criticism last year from former player Kevin Campbell. And his comments about the Gunners’ chiefs ‘missing a trick’ are ringing true again with the striker search dragging on again.

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