Contact and Approach made by the Arsenal as Arteta seeking to add striker Mertens to Gunners squad

Reports have claimed Arsenal have made a shock approach to sign Dries Mertens from Napoli.

Despite his decent start to his new job at the Emirates, there is a lot of speculation about who Mikel Arteta could sign in the coming weeks in order to get this Arsenal side back in the hunt for a Champions League place, and maybe pick up some silverware by the end of the season..

And one name that has long been linked with a move to the Premier League is that of Mertens.

Mertens is easily regarded as one of the most dangerous strikers in Seria A football after former boss Maurizio Sarri turned him from a winger to a striker a s few years ago, and Arsenal have been keeping a very close eye on his contract issues at the Italian giants.

Mertens has become a fan favourite among the San Paolo faithful after scoring over 100 goals in over 300 appearances, but this season looks certain to be his last in Naples with reports suggesting that he is open to the idea of trying himself in another League.

And with the continued speculation of star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has yet to sign a new contract, According to Gianluca Di Marzio and Sky Sport Italia, Arsenal are already lining up a potential replacement and an initial approach has been made for Mertens.

Mertens would represent a cheap solution for Arsenal, who are already operating on a restricted transfer budget and are reportedly exploring loan deals this month.

Look, Arteta and Arsenal have been linked with soooo many players over the past few weeks that many Arsenal fans are struggling to keep up with the players that could come in, but at the end of the day, why would Arteta sign a striker this month when he doesn’t need one?

He has a limited budget and needs to buy at least two new defenders before he does anything else in the transfer market, and to be honest, Mertens is no longer the player he was a couple of years ago is he?



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