Arsenal draw against Leeds further highlights transfer problem Edu must fix in January

Arsenal transfer chief Edu must have solidified his stance on the club’s next transfer target after seeing Mikel Arteta’s side draw 0-0 away to Leeds on Sunday. The Gunners weren’t helped in the second half when Nicolas Pepe got himself sent off for a ridiculous headbutt on Ezgjan Alioski.

But they never truly looked like threatening Leeds’ defence even with 11 men on the field.

Pepe’s sending off opened the  game up for Leeds with Arsenal looking to counter through Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka, but the hosts were the likelier of the two to find a breakthrough.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side struck the woodwork a number of times but neither side was able to find a goal.

The Gunners have looked toothless up front all season long and Arteta changed things up against Leeds by bringing in Pepe for his second league start of the campaign.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was also moved to his more recognised position through the middle.

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The Gabon international in particular has looked a shadow of his usual self, often casting an isolated figure up front.

His only league goal of the season from open play came in the opening day win over Fulham.

It’s not like Aubameyang will have lost his goalscoring touch in a matter of months, but the signs were the last season.

At 31 years of age, Aubameyang needs more help from those around him so the reliance isn’t solely on him to help pick up all three points.


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But what Aubameyang is lacking most is a creative midfielder capable of providing him with better service.

The Gunners put their money where their mouth is on deadline day to pay Thomas Partey’s £45million release clause.

And the Ghana international has already looked a strong addition to provide some stability in midfield.

But Arsenal failed in their attempts to bring in Houssem Aouar, with the Gunners clearly missing someone of that ilk.

Bukayo Saka has often been utilised as a makeshift attacking midfielder, but he’s best deployed out wide.

Dani Ceballos signed an extension on his loan from Real Madrid, however he’s struggled to make an impact going forward.

Aouar remains a priority for Arsenal with just a few weeks until the transfer window reopens.

And he could be the missing piece needed to help Arteta truly unleash his attacking players if Arsenal meet Lyon’s demands.

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