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Garth Crooks doubles down on Arsenal switch suggestion for ‘perfect’ Alexandre Lacazette substitute

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Arsenal might have to switch Alexandre Lacazette in the summertime (Image: Glyn Kirk/AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

Garth Crooks has doubled down on his suggestion that Brentford striker Ivan Toney could be an excellent match for Arsenal.

Toney bagged twice in Brentford’s 2-0 win over Burnley on Saturday to take his league tally to 11 targets for the season.

The 25-year-old’s spectacular shows have seen him tentatively linked with a transfer away from the Bees and former Tottenham ahead Crooks reckons he’d go well with Arsenal, significantly if Alexandre Lacazette leaves in the summertime.

‘I brought on a little bit of a stir on Last Rating and my colleagues Dion Dublin and Jason Mohammed raised eyebrows after I urged that Ivan Toney would make a great match for Arsenal subsequent season,’ Crooks advised BBC Sport after naming him in his staff of the week.

‘I believe they have been barely shocked as a result of they thought I would know one thing or have an inside monitor however my feedback have been purely speculative.

‘In any case Ollie Watkins, a former Brentford striker, has made the transition at Aston Villa.

‘Toney could be an excellent substitute if Alexandre Lacazette, for instance, have been to go away the Gunners in the summertime.

Ivan Toney has bagged 11 league targets for Brentford this season (Image: James Williamson – AMA/Getty Pictures)

‘In contrast to Watkins when he transferred to Villa, Toney is already scoring targets within the Premier league and loads of them – he has no transition to make.

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‘As for Brentford, if Arsenal do come knocking, the west London membership might haven’t any alternative however to simply accept the cash. Brentford have a behavior of promoting when a participant is sizzling.’

Arsenal will doubtless be out there for a brand new striker on the finish of the season with Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah each out of contract and at current trying unlikely to signal new offers.

Mikel Arteta can be but to switch Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after stripping him of the captaincy final 12 months and permitting him to hitch Barcelona in January.

Ought to Arsenal choose to maneuver for Toney in the summertime although, he might have some apologising to do after his scathing evaluation of the membership following Brentford’s opening day win.

‘Arsenal followers are going to batter me for this, however you see Arsenal in the meanwhile they usually’re not the most effective,’ he stated final 12 months.

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‘There was a distinction [between the Championship and the Premier League], don’t get me fallacious, nevertheless it wasn’t loopy like: when you make a mistake, it’s going to finish up behind the purpose.

‘I didn’t actually see that. They have been good at retaining the ball, nevertheless it didn’t actually have an effect on us.

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‘They weren’t as loopy as I believed [they would be]. I don’t know if it was [whether] they weren’t so good or we have been simply excited because it was our first recreation and it was Arsenal and Premier League [and] all these items coming into the image.

‘I simply didn’t see them how they was once. You used to take a look at Arsenal and assume [they were] loopy they usually have been going to win this recreation, win this recreation.

‘Nowadays, I don’t see them profitable nothing any time quickly.’


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