Arsenal suggested to target Saint-Maximin & Zaha as Petit calls on Arteta to bring in attacking cover
Arsenal should prioritize Allan Saint-Maximin and Wilfried Zaha, according to Gunners legend Emmanuel Petit.
At Emirates Stadium, Mikel Arteta has assembled a fearsome attacking unit, with Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka, and Gabriel Martinelli all impressing at the start of the 2022-23 season.
Alternative options are scarce, and Petit believes better depth is required in north London, with star performances at Newcastle and Crystal Palace catching the Frenchman’s eye.
Petit has told Genting Casino: “I don’t think Arsenal will win the title but they’ll definitely qualify for the Champions League and that is a big achievement considering where they were when Arteta came to the club.
If they’re to strengthen I feel they need wingers because Saka, Martinelli and Jesus have been great but they’ve no-one to replace them if they get injured. [Emile] Smith Rowe is injured, [Eddie] Nketiah just signed a new contract but can he be the subsequent striker if Jesus gets injured? My answer is no.
“All the big teams have big wingers. There’s a few in England that would be my dream for Arsenal. Allan Saint-Maximin would be a great signing.
Can you imagine the damage with all the players round him? Wilfried Zaha of Palace too would be nice. But they also need a central midfielder and centre-back as I’m not too sure about Rob Holding.”
Arsenal spent closely over the summer, bringing in players such as Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Fabio Vieira, so it stays to be seen whether or not extra funds will be made available when the next transfer window opens in January.
For the time being, the Gunners lead the Premier League table, having won eight of their 9 games. Following that, they’ve a Europa League match against Bodo/Glimt and a domestic trip to Leeds.