Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta urged to complete £100m transfer for next 'Thierry Henry'

Alexander Isak

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes that Mikel Arteta must sign Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak this summer - even if it means splashing upwards of £100m on the star.

The Swedish international, who arrived at St James' Park from Real Sociedad 18 months ago, has been in standout form this season having netted 24 goals in 37 appearances across all competitions. The 24-year-old's rich vein of form over the last few weeks has seen him notch ten goals across seven of his last nine league matches, finishes which have seen him be nominated for the Premier League's Young Player of the Year award and comparisons made with Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

Arteta's side are reportedly looking at the sale of striker Gabriel Jesus over the summer, just two years on from his arrival at the Emirates Stadium, a sale which could bolster the coffers for a variety of moves that the Gunners have been rumoured to make when the transfer window opens.

Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been a name floated around a north London move for what feels like forever while the latest on Arsenal's radar has been Sporting striker Viktor Gyokeres whose 40-plus goal season in Portugal has shown his impressive displays in thee Championship were no fluke.

However, Parlour claims Isak is the answer to Arsenal's striker issue which has threatened to plague them all season long. Talking to Football FanCast on behalf of NetBet Sports Betting, he claimed: "Isak is the type of player who could do well in this Arsenal team.

"He will suit Arsenal’s fluid style of play and can do well in this team with the likes of [Bukayo] Saka, [Gabriel] Martinelli, [Kai] Havertz, [Leandro] Trossard and [Martin] Odegaard supporting him.

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"It’s important to have quality strikers as we had in our era with Wiltord, Kanu, Henry and Bergkamp. However, Newcastle will not want to lose their top striker. Fee wise, he will be similar to Rice’s fee, so if Newcastle are forced to sell, then yes he would take Arsenal forward. Isak is a player I like a lot."

With the title race coming down to the wire, it's clear that Arteta's super splash last summer could be working its magic, with Kai Havertz's £65m price tag well on its way to being fulfilled if his impressive debut season at the Emirates Stadium helps Arsenal beat Man City to their first Premier League trophy lift in over 20 years.

Even with Jurrien Timber's opening day knee injury which has left him sidelined all season long, it's the club record signing of Declan Rice that Isak would look to emulate after his stellar season has helped the Gunners take the fight to the reigning champions right to the very end.

Now Parlour believes that Isak can reproduce the impact Rice's arrival has had on the Gunners' title race, but this time in front of goal. He added: "If you look at the signing of Rice, he is exactly what the team needed when Granit Xhaka left and he has taken the club to another level.

"Declan has been a top signing for Arsenal and it’s great he is still playing at such a high level when it matters most at the business end of the season.

"His energy is great, he plays every game, his goal against Bournemouth typifies his drive and energy during the game. He deserves to be up there for PFA Player of the Season. It was a big move for him and he’s settled immediately into this team."