The Gunners have significantly improved their ranks in the final third during the past 12 months, signing Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – as well as securing Mesut Ozil to a lucrative new contract.
However, some still believe that Arsenal have failed to adequately replace Alexis Sanchez following his January transfer to Manchester United and a report suggests that the Gunners are pushing to fill that void.
Portuguese outlet O Jogo states Arsenal are battling serial Italian champions Juventus for the services of Sporting Lisbon’s highly-rated winger Gelson Martins, who scored 13 goals and provided 13 assists in the league last term.
The 23-year-old has a reported release-clause worth in excess of £50m in his contract with the third-placed side but an exit could be on the cards, after a series of shocking incidents for the Portuguese giants this season – which includes fans storming the training ground and attacking players.
As such, a number of departures are expected to take place this summer and, although Sporting want to keep him, Gelson Martins could be one of those pushing for an exit.