Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly ‘desperate’ to sign a new striker before the transfer window shuts on Monday. Dusan Vlahovic had been their chief target but, now, the Fiorentina striker is poised to join Juventus after the two clubs reached an agreement. However, another player Arsenal are unlikely to be signing as well is Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic.
Arsenal have hit a rough patch under Arteta, recently exiting the Carabao Cup to Liverpool before drawing 0-0 with Burnley at the Emirates.
Goals have been an issue for the Gunners during those two matches, with Alexandre Lacazatte clearly a fading force in the No 9 role.
Until recently, Arsenal had been hopeful of recruiting Vlahovic.
The Serbia international has been in deadly form for Fiorentina this season, scoring 17 goals from 21 Serie A matches this term.
Yet they’re now poised to miss out on the promising 21-year-old, who is on the verge of moving to Juventus instead.
According to the Daily Mail, Arteta remains ‘desperate’ to bolster his frontline before the transfer window shuts on Monday.
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However, Jovic is unlikely to arrive.
Real Madrid thought they were onto a winner when they signed the 24-year-old from Eintracht Frankfurt back in the summer transfer window of 2019.
But the Serbian’s time at the Bernabeu hasn’t lived up to expectations.
He remains far behind Karim Benzema in the pecking order, with the France international continuing to produce the goods in front of goal.
Jovic has scored just three La Liga goals for Real Madrid, while he’s yet to find the net in the Champions League throughout the entirety of his spell with the side.
But Arsenal have now ruled out adding him to their squad.
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Alexander Isak has emerged as another potential option for Arsenal, even if his form has dipped at Real Sociedad this term.
Yet the former Borussia Dortmund striker is deemed too expensive, meaning the Gunners may now have to go back to the drawing board.
One forward who could leave Arsenal is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabon international has been given the cold shoulder by Arteta ever since the club’s 2-1 defeat to Everton at the beginning of December.
Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal are, however, the only club in for the 32-year-old at the current moment in time.
And with Aubameyang’s preference to be staying in Europe, there could be a chance the striker ends up staying at the Emirates.
Piers Morgan, now a columnist for The Sun, recently hit out at Arsenal’s decision to continue to leave Aubameyang out in the cold.
Speaking after the draw with Burnley, outspoken TV host Morgan said: “What the situation cried out for was a proper world class striker to take charge and bully Burnley into submission – but Alexandre Lacazette is never going to be that guy.
“He’s too nice and not good enough.
“No, that guy is supposed to be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who’s scored 92 goals in 163 matches during his Arsenal career including seven in 15 this season.
“That’s a 57 per cent goals-to-games record, significantly better than all the other strikers Arsenal have had since Thierry Henry broke my heart and left for Barcelona.
“Compare that to Alexis Sanchez’s 48 per cent, Robin van Persie on 47 per cent, Olivier Giroud on 42 per cent and Lacazette on a paltry 36 per cent.
“In other words, Aubameyang is one of the best strikers Arsenal has ever had, yet right now he’s earning £350,000-a-week to sit at home.
“Mikel Arteta has taken weird pleasure in publicly humiliating our best, and best-paid, player, behaving like a particularly smug and intransigent disciplinarian headmaster punishing a naughty schoolboy for reasons that have never been fully explained – but at what benefit to the team?
“Arsenal will finish January with more red cards than goals in the month, an extraordinarily damning statistic.”