Arsenal slumped to a disappointing first-leg defeat against Bate Borisov in the Europa League last 32 tie.
The Gunners were well below par against their foreign opposition and fell behind on the stroke of half time. Stanislav Dragun rose highest to head home from a free-kick. Arsenal almost levelled through Alexandre Lacazette but the Frenchman was flagged offside, things went from bad to worse as the former Lyon man was shown a straight red card for an elbow with five minutes on the clock.
Unai Emery’s men have plenty of work to do if they are to progress in the competition but will be confident of overturning the deficit at the Emirates. The defeat highlighted the work that needs to be done if Arsenal are to challenge for the top honours yet again. Emery should be looking to bolster his forward line when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
One man the Spaniard should be targeting is PSV Eindhoven superstar – Hirving Lozano. Valued at £36m by Transfermarkt, the Mexico international was one of Europe’s most in-form players last season after netting an incredible 17 league goals during PSV’s title win. Lozano continued his excellent performances at the World Cup in Russia and was expected to join one of Europe’s elite, however, he ultimately stayed put in Holland.
The winger simply continued where he left off, scoring 13 goals in 20 league appearances already during the current campaign as well as registering six assists. Lozano possesses electrifying pace and expert dribbling skills which makes him a nightmare for defenders to deal with. Comfortable on either wing or through the centre, he would add yet another dimension to the Arsenal attack.
The 23-year-old has proven to be a regular goal scorer and will only get better – the Gunners should do everything they can to lure him to England.
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