RB Leipzig striker Benjamin Sesko

It’s a no from Sesko – but Arsenal won’t panic

Right, first of all let me just acknowledge that I’ve been pretty awful of late when it comes to keeping this website up to date.

Obviously, I’ve had lots going on trying to expand my YouTube channel, my podcast, and also meeting some of the other writing responsibilities that I’ve taken on since leaving GOAL last year, including penning the updated version of my book, which will hit the shelves next month.

But that’s no excuse and I’m determined to now make sure I give this website the time it deserves as we head towards what should be another exciting season for Arsenal in 2024/25.

What Mikel Arteta’s forward line might look like for the coming campaign is obviously a source of big debate right now, especially after Benjamin Sesko’s decision to stay with RB Leipzig.

I have to say, in many ways I completely understand Sesko’s decision.

A move to Arsenal, Chelsea, or Manchester United would have been massively tempting – not least because of the money that would have been on offer.

But for a young, inexperienced striker, spending at least another year at a club he knows well could be hugely beneficial for his development.

He can continue to improve as a striker away from the intense pressure of the Premier League and knows that he will still be able to get a big move one or two years down the line, providing he maintains his impressive form.

Clearly, Sesko’s decision will have come as a bit of a blow to Arsenal and the other English clubs who were in the mix for the 21-year-old striker. But as far as I’m aware it has not been met with any sense of panic by anyone at the Emirates. 

They do want to add more firepower this summer and I think they will. There is interest still in Joshua Zirkzee at Bologna, although AC Milan are believed to be quite far down the line in terms of talks over the Dutchman. Viktor Gyokeres is another player the club were looking at closely before their attention focused in on Sesko.

But there is also a good chance that the club might now decide to put more effort into bringing in another winger, one who will add even more goal threat to the squad from wide areas. And given Sesko could be available again in just 12 months time, there is of course the possibility that they bide their time and wait for the big Slovenian.

Arsenal won’t panic. They won’t go out and sign someone just for the sake of it. Those days are gone now and that can only be a good thing.

If a player they like is available and they can get him, then they will try. But if no-one is out there for a deal that they think is right, then they do believe they still have good options in the final third of the pitch.

And the fact that they scored a club record 91 Premier League goals last season does back that up.

Don’t get me wrong though. I do think Arsenal need at least one top quality extra option in attack, whether that be a central striker or a winger.

If they don’t get one they would definitely be leaving themselves a little bit short going into the season.

But we’re not even halfway through June yet. There is still plenty of time for business to be done and Arsenal have shown in recent years that they know what they are doing when it comes to the market.

As always, patience is needed when it comes to the transfer window.