Arsenal transfer round-up: Mikel Arteta eyeing “important striker” as trio targeted


With speculation surrounding the futures of a number of Arsenal’s attackers, a new striker is reportedly being targeted as the January transfer window edges ever closer

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After embarking on an eight-game unbeaten run, three defeats in their last four Premier League matches has brought Arsenal’s resurgence to a crashing halt.

The Gunners came unstuck once again on Monday night as late goals from Richarlison and Demarai Gray completed a dramatic turnaround for out-of-form Everton at Goodison Park.

Summer signing Martin Odegaard continued his fine personal form as he found the net for a second successive game but it wasn’t enough as Arsenal’s latest setback highlighted their need for strengthening come January.

With contracts for forward pair Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah still yet to be resolved and speculation surrounding the future of the out-of-sorts Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gunners are tipped to splash out on some more firepower in the New Year.

Off the back of a busy summer of spending, it seems Arsenal could be set for more movement when the transfer window opens in under a month’s time.

As January creeps ever closer, Mirror Football brings you all the latest on the potential incomings at Arsenal, with a new striker very much the order of the day.

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Moving for Martinez

One such name who is being touted with a move to Arsenal is that of Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez.

Fierce rivals Tottenham were reportedly trying to sign him in the summer, but it appears the Argentine could well end up on the red side of the north London divide.

According to in-the-know journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners are planning to sign an “important striker” in the near future and Martinez is very much on the radar.

Speaking on his Here We Go podcast, Romano revealed: “Arsenal’s plan, from what I’m told, is to sign an important striker in the coming months. Let’s see if it’ll be January or the summer.

“They were interested in Lautaro Martinez but Inter said: ‘no, wait until the summer’.”

Despite failing to find the net in any of Inter’s six Champions League group games, the 24-year-old has been in a rich vein of form domestically, having struck eight times in 14 Serie A appearances so far this term.

Arteta wants Richarlison

Perhaps the answer to Arsenal’s forward dilemma is a player closer to home and one who put the Gunners to the sword as recently as Monday night.

Richarlison headed home Everton’s equaliser to spark the comeback after seeing two strikes ruled out by VAR and can reportedly count Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta as an admirer.

According to Fichajes, the Spaniard is keen to bring Richarlison to the Emirates as the search for a successor to Lacazette and Aubameyang heats up.

The Spanish outlet report that Everton are a “club that is too small” for the Brazilian forward, who joined the Toffees from Watford in 2018 for an initial £35million fee, but a summer move appears more realistic.

However, Arsenal aren’t the only club believed to be interested in his services, with European pair Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid also said to be monitoring him.

Lille name David price

While Arsenal may have to wait until the summer to snap up either Martinez or Richarlison, one player who could join up with Arteta’s squad sooner is that of Jonathan David.

The Canadian forward has struck 14 times in 24 appearances for club side Lille so far this term, with his latest effort coming in the French side’s 3-1 Champions League triumph over Wolfsburg on Wednesday night.

With Lille clinching top spot and securing European football for the New Year, Arsenal’s chances of snapping up the 21-year-old – a player they have been scouting for a long time – have suffered a setback.

If that wasn’t enough, Lille president Olivier Letang has also reportedly slapped a whopping price tag on his prized assets to dissuade clubs from launching January moves for the highly-rated hitman.

According to Jeunes Footeux, Letang is demanding a £47m fee for the forward who is rumoured to also be attracting interest from the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham.

The Gunners could well maintain a small edge in their pursuit of David given they have previous with Lille, having recruited Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel from the reigning French champions in recent years.