Arsenal have two strikers on long-term watchlist more likely to sign than Dusan Vlahovic

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Arsenal’s quest for a new striker might boil down to who is most easily attainable. Boss Mikel Arteta faces a pressing issue in the summer with his three main options for the centre-forward role potentially leaving. 

The Spaniard is looking at a situation where Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are no longer part of his squad by the start of the 2022-23 season.  

A way back into the first-team picture for Aubameyang is looking increasingly unlikely. The former club captain was stripped of the armband and excluded from Arteta’s squad following successive alleged rule breaches.  

Lacazette, who has been the captain since Aubameyang’s exclusion, has a contract that expires in the summer. A new deal does not appear to have been resolved, with several reports suggesting that the Frenchman has not been content with the terms offered.  

That leaves Nketiah, who finds himself in a similar situation to that of Lacazette. The 22-year-old scored a hat-trick during Arsenal’s 5-1 League Cup thrashing of Sunderland but said afterwards that he was seeking more frequent game time. 

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If all three depart the Emirates Stadium then Arteta will be left with just young forward Folarin Balogun. The England youth international’s only Premier League start was the 2-0 opening day defeat by Brentford.  

It means Arteta will likely be looking for a new striker either in January or in the summer.  

That Aubameyang, Lacazette and Nketiah have combined to score just seven top-flight goals all season makes a new forward all the more necessary.  

Arsenal have long been linked with Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic. The Serbian has 16 goals in 20 Serie A appearances this term. 

But the Gunners might struggle to do a deal for one of Europe’s most highly sought strikers and will instead have a better chance of signing two of their other targets.  

There is a chance that clubs will view the 21-year-old as an alternative to Erling Haaland. Arsenal will therefore be battling for Vlahovic with the teams who miss out on the Borussia Dortmund talent.  

The Athletic report that Alexander Isak and Jonathan David have long been earmarked as potential striker signings at Arsenal. 

And both might be more easily acquired by the Emirates Stadium hierarchy than Vlahovic.  

Isak is enduring a tough campaign at Real Sociedad having scored just four times in 15 appearances, but he bagged 17 the year before. 

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Lille’s David has 12 Ligue 1 goals in 19 games and is earning a reputation as one of the continent’s brightest prospects.  

At 22 and 21 respectively, Arsenal would be investing in players who could make long-term impacts in north London.  

Both dynamic forwards, they would also be a good fit for Arteta’s preferred style. Ultimately, they would also be cheaper than signing Vlahovic.  

The next two transfer windows offer Arsenal the best opportunity to move on from their current crop of strikers. 

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