Dominic Calvert-Lewin ‘perfect’ for Arsenal
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been described as ‘perfect’ for Arsenal.
The Blues striker was tentatively linked with a move to the Gunners last summer.
He remained at Goodison Park and scored three goals in the opening games of the season before suffering a quadriceps injury which sidelined him for more than four months.
Calvert-Lewin only returned to action on January 2 – missing a penalty in the home loss to Brighton & Hove Albion – and has yet to score since his return.
Although Calvert-Lewin has only played six times this season due to injury, former Arsenal star Paul Merson believes his former club would be wise to make a move to sign the striker from Everton.
Merson argues Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departure to Barcelona means Arsenal can take advantage of the wage shortfall and bring Calvert-Lewin to north London.
“Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a perfect fit for Arsenal and they should break the bank to sign him next summer,” Merson wrote in his column for the daily star.
“Arsenal need a world-class centre-forward. They have just saved £25million in wages by getting rid of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
“And they tried to spend big on Dusan Vlahovic so we know the money is there. They should be talking to Everton about Calvert-Lewin already.
“Calvert-Lewin is young and hungry. He will be England’s first choice No.9 in the coming years. He holds the ball very well and he works his socks up front.
“I’ve seen centre-forwards in my time and he works as hard as any of them. Besides, he’s good in the air and he scores goals. I’d do that business now!
“He’s only going to get better and he ticks the boxes. He would join a squad full of hungry young English players who could all grow together.
“They have Aaron Ramsdale, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Ben White – they could easily have five players in the England squad if they sign Calvert-Lewin.
“Not on the sidelines, but just out there pushing to get into the England squad. How many other Premier League teams could say that?”