Mikel Arteta hoping to complete first signing with Napoli looking to sell in January

Reports have claimed Mikel Arteta is hoping to make Napoli star Dries Mertens his first signing at the Arsenal.

Despite spending some serious money during the summer transfer window, Ex Gunners boss Unai Emery has come under intense criticism for his transfer decisions and lack of results at the Emirates.

That meant that the Gunners made the decision to get rid of the Spanish boss just last month and replace him with Arteta, who has been working with Pep Guardiola for the last few season with Manchester City.

Napoli are well off the pace for the Seria A title after a poor start to the new season and could be forced to sell their players as a result, and Italian news outlet Calciomercato argue Napoli could be forced to sell their players for less than their asking prices after such a poor start.

And the report goes on to say that Mertens will be allowed to negotiate with clubs in January over a potential free move in the summer, with Arsenal ready to try and nail down a transfer deal for a small fee.

Look, it is the same thing every season, Arsenal have been linked with some of the games best players, there is alot of speculation, maybe even talks, but in the end the Gunners hierarchy decide to move on as they want to save a bit of money.

Mertens is not a player that Arsenal need as they already have a world class attack, but he is a leader, a winner and someone that could make an impact on the side heading into the second half of the season.

We are not saying that Arsenal should make a move for the Belgian, but if they want to get back challenging for things, then he is the type of player that they need to be trying to sign if the chance arises.

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