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. One such name who is being touted with a move to Arsenal is that of Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez.
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. Inter has admitted the interest from Arsenal but would prefer to sell, if at all, in 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.
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.
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 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. Lille president have also reportedly slapped a whopping price tag on his prized assets to dissuade clubs from launching January moves for the highly-rated hitman, is rumoured to be around £47m fee.