We 'signed' Brian Brobbey for Arsenal in summer transfer window and striker question was answered

Brian Brobbey scores to make it 1-0 and celebrates his goal during the Eredivisie match between Ajax and Utrecht

Arsenal are set to target a new striker in the upcoming summer transfer window, with Ajax's Brian Brobbey linked with a move to north London following an impressive campaign in the Netherlands.

Despite Ajax having an underwhelming campaign based on their usual standards, striker Brobbey had his best individual season yet, with the 22-year-old grabbing 22 goals and nine assists across all competitions. The Dutch international's impressive campaign has earned him links with a move away this summer, with Manchester United and Arsenal both reportedly interested.

The Gunners have been linked with a new striker for what seems forever, with Gabriel Jesus struggling, scoring just four times in the league as Mikel Arteta's side narrowly missed out on the Premier League title. So, if Arsenal signed Brobbey in the summer transfer window, could he be the difference between second and first next season? Let's take a look.

Arsenal's 2024/25 season simulated with Brian Brobbey

To set up this simulation, we used Football Manager 2024 to move Brobbey to Arsenal in the summer transfer window before simulating the 2024/25 season. This is how the Ajax striker performed.

On his arrival, Brobbey was thrown straight into the starting XI by Arteta, but the Dutchman struggled in the first half of the season before being dropped to the bench. By the end of the campaign, Brobbey managed 38 appearances across all competitions, with 24 of them off the bench.

Arsenal's top scorers from the 2024/25 season
Arsenal's top scorers from the 2024/25 season -Credit:Football Manager 24

In those 38 games, the striker scored seven times while grabbing one assist - all in all, a poor return. Bukayo Saka ended the campaign as the club's top goalscorer with 21 goals, while Jesus rediscovered his goalscoring form with the added competition, scoring 14 times.

At the end of the 2024/25 season, Football Manager 2024 put together an overall best Arsenal XI, based on performances, statistics, and other metrics. This is what it looked like:

Arsenal's best XI from the 2024/25 season
Arsenal's best XI from the 2024/25 season -Credit:Football Manager 24

Full Arsenal best XI: (4-3-3): Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Timber; Partey, Odegaard, Rice; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

Brobbey didn't make the Arsenal best XI in the simulation, with the striker not doing enough to push Jesus out of the striker spot throughout the season. Jurrien Timber started at left-back after an injury-free season with the Gunners, while Kai Havertz missed out on a spot in the squad, with Thomas Partey, Declan Rice, and Martin Odegaard making up the midfield three.

With Brobbey struggling to add much-needed goals to the Arsenal attack, the Gunners struggled at times in the Premier League, especially in the closing stages of the season. One win in their last seven games saw the Gunners drop away from the title race, finishing fourth in the table.

The 2024/25 Premier League table in the simulation
The 2024/25 Premier League table in the simulation -Credit:Football Manager 24

21 wins, 11 draws, and six losses saw the Gunners end the campaign with 74 points, 15 points fewer than the 2023/24 season. Arteta's side drew five of their final seven league games, with goalscoring proving a problem. five teams scored more goals than Arsenal in the league, with the Gunners scoring just 60 goals in 38 games.

With Brobbey in the side, Arteta went another season trophy-less with Arsenal. Their Champions League journey ended in the Round of 16 following a 4-2 aggregate loss to Real Madrid, while a 2-1 loss to Man City in the FA Cup and a 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup ended their hopes of a domestic trophy in the fourth round of both competitions.

Overall, FM24 predicts that Brobbey wouldn't be the answer in Arsenal's hunt for a new striker, with the Dutchman not having the experience or goalscoring threat to lead the Gunners to glory in the simulation.