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Arsenal lead chase for excelling 21-goal attacking ace

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Arsenal’s attacking lines may have been significantly bolstered in the past year following the captures of Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan but it seems the Gunners are eyeing further business.

Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport, cited by TalkSport, claim that Arsenal currently lead the chase for Napoli ace Dries Mertens, although they share that honour with north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

31-year-old Mertens has excelled in Naples with the Serie A runners-up this season, scoring 21 goals across all competitions and contributing a further nine assists.

Reportedly available for a lowly figure of £24.5m due to a clause in his contract, a number of sides are eyeing a move for the Belgium international and the Gunners are said to be one of those keen on a transfer.

Arsenal could be looking to sign another wide player following the exit of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in January and have been linked with the likes of Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, though Mertens would certainly be an easier signature to secure.

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