Arsenal given ex-Chelsea wonderkid transfer ultimatum as Mikel Arteta summer priority clear

Mikel Arteta, Head Coach of Arsenal rects during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match between Arsenal FC and FC Bayern Munchen at Emirates Stadium on April 9, 2024
Arsenal given four reasons not to sign ex-Chelsea wonderkid -Credit:Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Mikael Silvestre has urged Mikel Arteta to not sign Marc Guehi and, instead, bring a new striker to the Emirates Stadium. The 23-year-old defender has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal for a while now as he continues to impress for Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Guehi, who sees his contract at Selhurst Park expire in 2026, has featured 22 times in the English top flight this term, helping the Eagles keep five clean sheets. Before suffering a knee injury in February, his impress performances earned numerous call-ups to the senior England squad.

Not only has Guehi managed to impress Gareth Southgate but he's also reportedly courted the interest of some top clubs. According to The Telegraph, Arsenal have recently joined Manchester United and Liverpool in the race to sign the former Chelsea youngster.

The report states that Guehi will likely cost 'more than £55million' and Mauricio Pochettino's side have the right to match any bid for him as part of the deal that took him from west to south London in 2021. While the Emirates Stadium has been mooted as a potential destination, Silvestre believes the Gunners should look elsewhere.

The former Arsenal defender has insisted that Arteta needs a striker, who can score '30 goals'. Speaking to, Silvestre said: "Marc Guehi is a good player. Would he be able to play for Arsenal? I’m sure he will.

"But normally with Kiwior, with Timber, Ben White, Tomiyasu, you have enough centre-backs. You have enough players to cover for William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes. You always need to bring players in, not many, but bring in for certain positions to either refresh or give competition.

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"It is important to keep players on their toes with healthy competition. So, yeah probably number 1 is a striker, if you can. The one that is going to get 30 goals. Fantastic.

"That would mean business has been done properly. Other positions, Timber was injured this season but there isn’t a lot that needs to be added to Arsenal. Maybe a few more attacking players."

Earlier this month, Oliver Glasner provided an update on Guehi's injury which has kept him out of action for a large chunk of the season. Speaking to reporters last Wednesday, the Crystal Palace boss said: "He did parts of the sessions this week, but our sessions are 35 minutes.

"When we play Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday, it is just recovery sessions. We expect him (fully) back with the team next week and then let’s see how he feels.

"We don’t want to risk anything but it can be that he is in the squad against Man United. Let’s see. We want him to play minutes in this season but always the health of the player is most important. We never risk anything."