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Arsenal could look to strengthen their attack in the summer transfer window but much depends on the movements of their current forwards.
Arsenal have a big summer ahead, with Mikel Arteta keen to strengthen the Gunners’ squad ahead of his first full season at the Emirates.
A lot depends on if the north London side qualify for the Champions League, with the additional funds crucial if Arteta is to land the targets he wants.
But Arsenal have already started laying the groundwork for potential moves, with a list of targets that could arrive in the summer.
football.london understand that Arsenal’s scouting network have been keeping an close eye on RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, with the highly-rated Frenchman likely to be on the radar of several top clubs across Europe.
Further up the pitch, the Gunners are also understood to be tracking Gent forward Jonathan David and Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard.
Any concrete bids for these players could well rely on movement elsewhere around the squad, however.
David and Edouard are both young exciting options but could see a reshuffle of Arsenal’s existing options in attack.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract expiring at the end of next season, and no progress on talks over a new deal, there are fears that the Arsenal captain could be sold to prevent him leaving for nothing.
Aubameyang has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, while Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Manchester United have also been touted as destinations.
Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette is currently enduring an injury-laden season, with the former Lyon striker struggling for form.
Arteta has preferred Eddie Nketiah on several occasions and left Lacazette on the bench, raising question marks over the France international’s future. Atletico Madrid continue to be linked, with reports claiming that the Gunners would prefer to cash in on the striker to raise funds.
With this in mind, David and Edouard could be viewed as potential long-term successors to both Aubameyang and Lacazette.
At 22-years-old, Edouard is more experienced and football.london understands the Gunners have extensively scouted him over the course of the campaign – during which he’s scored 27 goals and provided 19 assists in 45 appearances.
David has also been scouted by Arsenal but at a more tender stage of his career, his next step will be considered with care – even if his ambitions are to play in the Premier League.
Upamecano was of course on the radar last summer, but a bid did not materialise. What could help Arsenal this time around is that he is still yet to sign an extension on his current deal – which expires in 2021.