Ian Wright asserts that Arsenal need Ivan Toney in January to win the league

Ian Wright believes Arsenal need Ivan Toney to win the league || Credit: Imago

Ian Wright asserts that Arsenal need Ivan Toney in January to win the league

Stephen Oladehinde 16:27 - 11.10.2023

Arsenal will only challenge Man City for the Premier League title this season if they sign Ivan Toney in January according to Ian Wright.

Mikel Arteta's team secured a victory over Man City for the first time since 2015 in the Premier League.

As a result of Sunday's thrilling victory over Pep Guardiola's team, thanks to Gabriel Martinelli's late winner, Arsenal are currently second, two points ahead of City.

Ian Wright has claimed that Arsenal need to sign Ivan Toney in January if they are to go all the way to win the league title.

Ivan Toney, Brentford striker || Photo Credit: IMAGO
Ivan Toney, Brentford striker || Photo Credit: IMAGO

Arsenal need Toney 

Arsenal continued their unbeaten streak in the Premier League, although they dropped points against Fulham and Tottenham when they made costly mistakes.

Wright, an Arsenal legend, argued that even if current striker choices Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus have many positive qualities, the absence of a top-notch goal-scoring forward may prevent them from winning the championship.

Ian Wright told The Overlap, as reported by Daily Mail, “We spread goals out last season and it took us to a certain place.

“I think with Toney the links won't go away as it's blatantly obvious to see, that focal point, that player who scores, that takes you somewhere else. 

“You can't question the endeavour of Eddie (Nketiah) or (Gabriel) Jesus but you look back at the Tottenham game with the Jesus chance. For a player of that calibre to be in that position 1-0 up, those chances have to be buried. 

“The margins are so small now you can't afford to be missing chances like that and not winning games. The work off the ball is fantastic for both players. 

“The Toney links don't go away because for me that is the last piece of the jigsaw. He'll do it if it can be done.”

Meanwhile, Ivan Toney has been linked with a move to Arsenal in January. He is expected to resume playing from January 16 onward following his eight-month suspension from football after admitting to 232 betting offences.