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£66m player who rejected Mikel Arteta is now at the top of Arsenal’s transfer targets

Mikel Arteta can finally sign one of Arsenal’s transfer targets this summer, who had previously rejected a move to the Emirates Stadium

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Arsenal are ready to reinforce the squad in the summer ahead of the new season, particularly in the striking department, in a bid to compete at the highest level. Despite an impressive season thus far, Mikel Arteta and the Gunners board recognise the need for a prolific goalscorer to bolster their ranks.

While Arsenal boast an impressive track record this season, topping the charts for goals scored and boasting a resilient defence, the absence of a consistent 25-goal-a-season striker, akin to rivals Manchester City and Liverpool, has been glaring. Consequently, speculation abounds regarding Arsenal’s intentions to secure a new number nine ahead of the forthcoming campaign.

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The North London club has been linked with various strikers in recent months, with Dusan Vlahovic emerging as a prominent name in the transfer rumour mill. The Serbian forward, previously targeted by Mikel Arteta as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January 2022, remains on Arsenal’s radar.

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Despite Vlahovic’s high-profile move to Juventus for £66.6 million last year, his time in Turin has not met expectations. While Juventus appear hesitant to part ways with the talented striker, reports suggest that Arsenal maintain a keen interest in the player.


With Juventus potentially open to offers for Vlahovic this summer, Arsenal could intensify their pursuit post their title race with Manchester City. However, scrutiny surrounds Vlahovic’s performance at Juventus, where his goal-scoring output has not reached the heights of his tenure at Fiorentina.

Despite flashes of brilliance, Vlahovic’s goal tally has been underwhelming, prompting questions regarding his suitability for Arsenal. While comparisons to former Arsenal star Robin van Persie highlight his potential, concerns persist regarding his consistency and ability to match the standards set by prolific strikers like Erling Haaland.

Nevertheless, Arteta’s astute eye for talent could sway Arsenal’s decision in Vlahovic’s favour, as the club weighs its options in the pursuit of a formidable goal-scoring presence.

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