By Sam Stone

22nd Jun, 2022 | 8:10pm

Arsenal shelve move for Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Arsenal have shelved their move for Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin after doubts over the striker’s form and fitness as reported by The Daily Star.

The Daily Star had reported on 8 March that the striker had been identified as the Gunners’ best striking option with a summer move mooted.

However, the newspaper has claimed on Wednesday 22 June, that Mikel Arteta has “shelved” a move for the 25-year-old with Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus their number one target.

Although the newspaper suggested that Calvert-Lewin remains highly rated at Arsenal and that a move could well materialise in the future.

Could he stay?

It seems more likely that Calvert-Lewin will remain at Goodison Park compared to his striker partner Richarlison.

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The England international’s poor form and injury issues for the majority of the 2021/22 campaign have seemingly, put-off any potential suitors from making a concrete move for the striker.

There is certainly a feeling at Goodison Park that the striker may need a new challenge after seeing his career somewhat falter.

If Everton can generate a decent fee for the striker then a move could well suit both parties, with Frank Lampard looking to overhaul his Everton squad this summer.

However, they may need to ask for slightly less to entice potential buyers into making a big for the 25-year-old striker.

It wouldn’t be the end of the world if the striker did remain at Goodison Park.

Maybe under the stewardship of Lampard, he could rejuvenate his career to the levels he has previously hit.

Lampard and Kevin Thelwell must ensure they resolve Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison’s futures as soon as possible, to give them as much chance as possible of replacing them effectively.