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The news that Danny Welbeck is set for a nine month spell on the sidelines is a real blow, but it is apparently set to spur Arsene Wenger on in his hunt for a new striker, according to the Mirror.
A number of forwards have been linked with a move to the Emirates in recent times, but the report suggests Alvaro Morata and Mauro Icardi are Wenger’s top targets.
Morata has dropped down the pecking order at Juventus a little, with Paulo Dybala shining brightest with the Serie A champions. Icardi is still the top man at Inter Milan, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be looking for a move away from Italy this summer.
The Mirror claim Wenger is closely monitoring Icardi as a back-up, but will only sign him if Morata is unavailable. It seems unlikely that the Spaniard will be off limits though, as Real Madrid seem like they may well activate his buy-back clause just to sell him on for a profit – Arsenal the beneficiaries.
While a top quality striker is unquestionably what we need, the Serie A pair are arguably not quite at that level just yet. They are both incredibly young so there’s plenty of time for them to grow, but we need an instant impact signing rather than a promising young player.
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It’s unclear whether there actually are any strikers of the quality we need out there though, as world class forwards are a rare commodity. You don’t often come across a player with the talent of Luis Suarez, Karim Benzema, or Robert Lewandowski, so we may have to settle for someone a little less of the finished product.