The Daily Mail have reported that Odsonne Edouard is on a list of potential targets that Mikel Arteta is eyeing up for Arsenal.

The Frenchman is one of 13 players on the list, and, interestingly, is the only striker in it too. That’s likely because there isn’t an urgent need for Arsenal to bring a forward in.

The Daily Mail states that Arteta is prioritising a box-to-box midfielder, a centre-back, and another creative midfielder. Any move for Edouard could be dependent on what happens with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta (David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Aubameyang has been linked with a potential summer move to Barcelona, with the Catalans already confirming an interest in him (Metro).

Yet Arteta reportedly wants all of his summer business completed before Euro 2020 starts. The competition starts on June 12, which would only be several weeks after the season ends in Scotland.

Edouard can do better

Arsenal is still a giant of English football – of that there’s no doubt. Their name still carries prestige, and they also still have some fine talent at the football club.

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However, look at them these days in terms of their on-field performance. They currently sit in 10th place in the Premier League. Last season under Unai Emery they only finished fifth, just one place higher than their 2017-18 finish.

If Edouard was to leave for Arsenal, you get the feeling he could end up regretting it. Not because he wouldn’t be a success at the Emirates, but because there are bigger and stronger clubs out there who will surely be eyeing up his services.

Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard (Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

You now have to go back to 2016 for the last time Arsenal managed to make the top for. It looks a certainty that they’ll fail to do it again this season. That’s four years of missing out on Champions League football.

Edouard, should he leave Celtic this summer, will surely be looking to play in Europe’s top competition every year. In fact, it’s the least he should be looking for.

So Arsenal may come in with heavy money at the end of the season should they need a striker, and if so Celtic will probably accept. However, for the player himself, he may want to wait a bit longer until something bigger comes around.


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