Guirassy to Arsenal: Gunners to sell £60m academy stars to sign star striker

Arsenal are gearing up for yet another busy transfer window, as the Gunners look to build upon an already impressive squad. In turn, the potential move for Serhou Guirassy to Arsenal has started to gather heat this week.

Once more locked in a vicious title race with Man City, Arsenal are the Premier League’s top scorers on 88 goals. However, they can still lack a cutting edge in the tightest of games, with a prime example being a 2-0 home loss to Aston Villa that is expected to prove fatally damaging given Man City's game in hand.

So with 25 goals in just 26 Bundesliga appearances for Champions League-bound Stuttgart, Guirassy could be the killer striker supporters have been yearning for.

Guirassy to Arsenal could happen this summer
Guirassy to Arsenal could be a smart move – Photo by Icon Sport

Guirassy to Arsenal: The Guinean goal-getter

Bayer Leverkusen’s extraordinary Bundesliga campaign has overshadowed a remarkable achievement in Germany’s south-west. After finishing 16th in 2022/23, VfB Stuttgart have shot up the table into a very comfortable third place.

A big part of this has been the form of Serhou Guirassy. The 28-year-old, who played through the French youth ranks, has been a reliable goalscorer for some time, netting at least a goal every other game since 2020/21.

But he has exploded this season, and his 1.1 goals per 90 is only beaten by Harry Kane’s 1.14 in the Bundesliga.

Prospective buyers will be encouraged by Guirassy being in the 97th percentile for non-penalty expected goals, showing that his goal-getting is sustainable, and not just a particularly purple patch.

Emile Smith Rowe's time at Arsenal could be up – Photo by Icon Sport

Nketiah and Smith Rowe to Ipswich: End of an era?

However, a move for Guirassy requires both cash and room in the squad. To realise both, Arsenal may cash in on Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah, who newly promoted Ipswich Town are rumoured to be heavily interested in. The combined price could be as much as £60m according to one Arsenal insider.

Nketiah and Smith Rowe, both products of Arsenal’s famed Hale End academy, have had big moments in an Arsenal shirt. But Mikel Arteta evidently does not have much time for sentiment, with favourites like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsdale being cast aside when their time came.

The reportedly Ipswich-targeted duo are no different, and the pure numbers reflect this. Nketiah started nine of Arsenal’s first 11 games, but has not started a game in any competition in 2024, while injuries – combined with the form of positional rivals like Martin Ødegaard and Leandro Trossard – have seen Smith-Rowe start just three Premier League games in the last two years.

Ipswich Town is a potentially exciting destination – Photo by Icon Sport

There are certainly precedents for a double move, as Ipswich have a record of signing Arsenal academy talent. Harry Clarke, who once played alongside Smith Rowe, joined the Suffolk side last January and was key to their promotion push.

The Blues have also loaned Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Tyreece John-Jules.

A good deal for all concerned

Nketiah is a proven and experienced goalscorer at Premier League level, who would benefit from being the focal point of an attack. Meanwhile, Smith Rowe could form a terrifying left side with the Tractor Boys’ 18-assist left-back Leif Davis and add raw talent to Ipswich’s squad.

The move would be greatly profitable for Arsenal too. As both players are academy products, the combined fee would be accounted for as pure profit, giving Arteta and Edu considerable financial headroom for pricy targets like Bruno Guimaraes.

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