ARSENAL are on the hunt for a new striker or two this summer, with the club being one of the favorites to land Champions League football for next season.
The Gunners are fourth in the Premier League with ten games to go.
Mikel Arteta’s men also have games on their hands against their rivals and only have to focus on the league.
And Arteta will look to bolster his attacking ranks should Arsenal return to Europe’s elite competition.
The Gunners got rid of former club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window.
And in the summer, both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah COULD follow suit.
Both attackers’ contracts expire in the summer and they can join another club for FREE.
Boss Arteta has proven to be extremely reliable in the transfer market since joining.
The Spaniard is in the process of building a young and hungry squad capable of fighting for Champions League spots.
And if all goes well, the youngsters could make Arsenal title contenders.
What kind of striker he’s looking for, Arteta said: “He puts the ball in the net, that’s priority number one.
“Risk of scoring. Every successful team needs enough threat in the squad. Without it you’re nothing. You can play good football but you need threat in the team.”
“The other thing is that he has to complement the other people that we have, personally and on the pitch, and for that we need the right profile.
“We need a profile where you can use your qualities at the same time as the qualities we already have so we don’t have to change our play again to adapt to that particular player.
“He has to be of a certain age, have a certain level of experience and be able to come here and play under the pressure of being at Arsenal.”
But which strikers have Arsenal been linked with that fit Arteta’s profile?
Isak, 22, has been linked with a big move from Real Sociedad this summer.
The young forward didn’t have as successful a season in front of goal as he had hoped.
Isak has scored four goals in 24 games for the Spanish side this season.
He already has a good international reputation and has scored nine goals in 33 appearances for Sweden.
Arsenal are also interested in signing Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
And the Gunners got a boost in chasing the forward.
And while he has yet to agree to join Arsenal, so does Calvert-Lewin has not agreed with any other club.
That’s what his advisor says, as the transfer expert reports Fabrizio Romano.
They said: “Dominic Calvert-Lewin has not agreed a deal with any club.
“He is currently working very hard in training and is fully focused on ending the season strong with Everton.”
PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo can play broadly on both flanks as well as through the middle.
Accordingly Voetbal Internationalthe north London club are likely to win the bidding war and land the £42million-rated winger.
He has attracted the interest of some of Europe’s top bidders, such as LiverpoolBarcelona and Bayern Munich.
Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez nearly joined Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham in the summer.
The Argentine stopped at the end which has helped Inter remain in contention to defend their Serie A crown.
It has been claimed that Martinez could be sold should Inter manage to sign Paulo Dybala on a free transfer when his contract at Juventus expires.
Disgraced Manchester United ace Marcus Rashford could leave the club in the summer.
The 24-year-old England international is said to be disappointed with his lack of playing time this season.
And Arsenal are one of the rumored prospects.
Rashford operates primarily on the left flank but has shown his ability to play through the middle.
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