Why Maxi Gomez can ease Arsenal creative woes

According to Express, Maxi Gomez has emerged as a genuine transfer target for Arsenal in January. The Valencia man has a release clause of £125million and despite that, he has attracted the attention of clubs such as Manchester United, Liverpool and Wolves.

Profile

Maxi Gomez is a 24-year-old Uruguayan striker who plays for La Liga club Valencia. He started his youth career at Defensor Sporting in 2013. After two seasons in the youth setup, he moved to the first-team. He had a fruitful spell there as he scored 29 goals and assisted 12 in just 52 games.

In 2017, Celta Vigo brought him to Europe and he continued in the same fashion. He was one of Europe’s most prolific frontmen in the two years he was there, notching up some mind-boggling numbers again.

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Celta Vigo’s Uruguayan forward Maxi Gomez (BOTTOM) celebrates his goal with teammate Spanish forward Iago Aspas during the Spanish league football match between RC Celta de Vigo and FC Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on May 4, 2019. (Photo credit – MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)

He scored 31 goals and assisted 10 in just 75 appearances before making the move to Valencia last season. He hasn’t been too shabby for them either. The Uruguayan has appeared 19 times for his national side, scoring thrice.

Gomez can be the solution to Arsenal’s attacking woes

It’s actually hard to imagine the current state Arsenal are in – 11 games played with 6 losses and just 10 goals scored. There may be a sense of defensive solidity in the team but it legitimately feels like they are running empty in the final third.

Even Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored just twice in the league this season. His forward partners haven’t lit up the league with their performances either.

Perhaps a fresh face like Maxi Gomez could come in handy. In an awfully stagnant attack, the Valencia forward can offer something different compared to the likes of Alexandre Lacazette or Aubameyang.

Unlike traditional centre-forwards, Gomez likes to bring other forwards into play. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t score. With a healthy goal record to boast of, Gomez is a good, emerging striker in La Liga.

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Valencia’s Uruguayan forward Maxi Gomez (L) kicks the ball between the legs of Atalanta’s Dutch midfielder Marten de Roon (R) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match Atalanta Bergamo vs Valencia on February 19, 2020 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. (Photo by VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images)

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Arsenal need to rejuvenate their attack and Maxi Gomez could be the man to go for. Yes, his £125million release clause might be a turn off but with Valencia’s situation far from okay, Arsenal can try to negotiate for a deal that does not burn a hole in their pockets.

With other Premier League clubs showing an interest in the forward, Arsenal might just need to hurry up and try to secure his signing in January.

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