Arsenal XI with Vlahovic and Arthur transfers

There’s been some intriguing Arsenal transfer news in the last few days that suggests the Gunners will be one of the main teams to watch this January.

Mikel Arteta surely has to give it absolutely everything to finish in the top four this season, with no European football at the Emirates Stadium this season, and with his side now out of the FA Cup after their shock loss at Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

It seems Arsenal are not short of ambition, with the north Londoners looking like following up a busy summer in the transfer market with some exciting new additions this winter as well.

On the top of the club’s list surely has to be a new striker, with Arteta giving himself a difficult job after his public row with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has had the captain’s armband taken off him, and who has generally fallen out of favour.

Clubs will surely be well aware that Arsenal are now in the market for a top centre-forward, but it seems they’re ready to go all out to get this deal done, with Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic one of their targets.

See below as Ben Jacobs reports on AFC’s big bid for Vlahovic, who could be the perfect replacement for Aubameyang…

Can confirm an Arsenal offer for Dusan Vlahovic of close to 45m plus Torreira. The Fiorentina striker scored 33 goals in 2021, equalling a record in Italy set by Ronaldo. Can see this one dragging out. Vlahovic happy to bide his time & Fiorentina content to assess other offers.

— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) January 5, 2022

The highly-rated young Serbia international has been on fire in Serie A in recent times, drawing comparisons with Erling Haaland as he looks set to be another of the game’s top attacking talents for the next decade or so.

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