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The numbers behind Arsenal's striker search


Huge season for Calum Chambers


Barnwell: Leicester may rue keeping Vardy

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Breaking down Arsenal's continued search for a striker by the numbers

The guys answer your tweets about Arsenal's lack of transfers and Paulo Dybala's future Ballon d'Or chances.

Arsenal have been plagued by the absence of a "world-class" striker since Thierry Henry set the Premier League ablaze. The Gunners have not been able to replace him with someone of equal goal-scoring prowess.

Since then, there have been a number of players who have done well, like Robin van Persie, who won the PFA Player of the Year in 2011 and led the league in scoring.

But Arsenal did not have the support around him, finishing fourth. He then moved on to Manchester United and won a title in his...

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Arsenal bid for Riyad Mahrez; Man City reignite John Stones talks

Despite speculation of a transfer, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri insists Riyad Mahrez is staying with the club.
The FC guys take a look at the early relegation odds and wonder if Leicester will be in trouble if Riyad Mahrez departs.
A detailed look into Riyad Mahrez's statistics from last season alongside what clubs may be interested in signing him.

With the summer transfer window upon us, rumours are picking up steam. Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest gossip. Follow our live blog below, and see the latest deals here.

Top story: Arsenal eye Mahrez, City chase Stones

Arsenal's summer started off with a bang when the club secured the signing of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach on a long-term contract, but it's been slow since then and fans have started to grow restless.

Arsene Wenger could...

Five things to know about new Arsenal signing Rob Holding

The ESPN FC crew discuss Arsenal's expectations for the upcoming season.

Rob Holding became Arsenal's third signing of the summer transfer window on Friday after joining the Gunners on a long-term deal from Bolton. The 20-year-old centre-back is hardly a household name, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger clearly thinks the young defender has a lot going for him. Here are five things to know about Holding:

Versatile defender

Holding is viewed by many as one of England's most promising defenders and can play either as a centre-back or a full-back, having also been used...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

What's trending: England hire Sam Allardyce, Man Utd lose to Dortmund

Alison Bender looks at the stats of new England boss, Sam Allardyce, and examines what he can bring to the squad.
The ESPN FC crew react to the hiring of Sam Allardyce as the new England manager.

Here are the latest stories for Friday.

ENGLAND: Sam Allardyce has left Sunderland to become the new England manager, the Football Association (FA) has announced. He will take charge for England's 2018 World Cup qualifiers, which begin with a trip to Slovakia on Sept. 4.

- Meanwhile, the Young Lions' run at the Under-19 European Championship came to an end following a 2-1 semifinal defeat to Italy.

INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP: The ICC kicked off on Friday, with Borussia Dortmund handing Manchester...

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Arsenal are once again quiet in the transfer market while rivals spend big

The guys answer your tweets about Arsenal's lack of transfers and Paulo Dybala's future Ballon d'Or chances.
The ESPN FC crew examine Mauro Icardi's resume and discuss how he could complement Arsenal's attack.

In Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Manchester United have added three recognisable names to their squad this summer. They appear prepared for a fourth too, with reports of a £100 million move for Paul Pogba gaining steam.

Chelsea have signed Michy Batshuayi and N'Golo Kante for a combined £63m, and Liverpool have welcomed five additions of their own, including Sadio Mane for £35m. Manchester City are in motion with the signings of Ilkay Gundogan,...

 By Tom Adams

Per Mertesacker unlikely to get universal backing for Arsenal captaincy

The ESPN FC crew discuss Arsenal's slow summer in the transfer market.

On Friday evening, when Arsenal take to the field at Stade Bollaert-Delelis to face Lens in their first preseason friendly, a piece of history could be made; the kind of history which colours the very fabric of the club. Per Mertesacker is expected to wear the armband, and it could represent his formal coronation as Arsenal's new captain.

Arsenal are yet to officially name their new captain following Mikel Arteta's retirement, and it does seem rather perplexing there has been no official comment...