Five Arsenal striker transfer targets with Aubameyang not firing, Lacazette out of contract and Nketiah set to leave

ARSENAL are in need of a striker and have been linked with several names across Europe ahead of the January transfer window.

The Gunners have improved their form in recent weeks but Thursday's 3-2 defeat to Manchester United exposed the need for a new front man.


Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was substituted after missing a glorious chance but his replacements Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah failed to make the impact Mikel Arteta was looking for.

Nketiah has reportedly told the club he will leave at the end of the season when his contract expires with Nice, Crystal Palace and Borussia Moenchengladbach said to be keen on the youngster.

Lacazette is in the same position regarding his current contract and he revealed his agents will begin looking for his next club in January.

And with Aubameyang struggling in front of goal – he has scored just three league goals from open play this season – Arsenal have been linked with a number of forwards.

Here are five players the Gunners could try and sign.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Arsenal reportedly view the Everton striker as a potential replacement for Lacazette.

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Calvert-Lewin hit form last season with 16 Premier League goals, playing his way into the England squad.

But with his contract expiring in 2025 the Toffees could demand a high price for their prized asset.

And since Atletico Madrid, Newcastle, West Ham and Juventus are all believed to be interested Everton may be able to drive up their asking price.

Dusan Vlahovic

Arsenal could rival Tottenham to sign Vlahovic and are said to be willing to meet his £70million price tag.

The Serb has been a big hit for Fiorentina in Serie A and is gaining interest from Juventus.

And the Gunners may have to act quickly if they are to lure him to The Emirates with Spurs reportedly preparing a January bid for the striker.

Ianis Stoica

The 18-year-old is currently enjoying a breakthrough season at FCSB – Steaua Bucharest – and his form has not gone unnoticed.

Arsenal have been monitoring Stoica since September and the youngster has even been subject to a £1.5m bid from an unnamed club.

FCSB owner Gigi Becali said: "It is good that Arsenal are monitoring Ianis, but there is no point as he is not for sale.

"He could be in a year or two, but not yet."

Luka Jovic

Vlahovic is a top target for Arsenal but with several other clubs interested Edu and co. have alternative forwards in mind, such as Real Madrid star Luka Jovic.

The 23-year-old has struggled for game time since his move to the Bernabeu in 2019 and he could be made available for transfer.

And although Inter Milan are keen, Jovic could prefer a move to North London in a bid to secure more game time.

It is possible he could join on loan or on a permanent basis.

Alexander Isak

Arsenal are reportedly keen on Alexander Isak after he impressed for Sweden at Euro 2020.

And the striker has revealed he would like to play in the Premier League one day.

The Real Sociedad star scored 17 La Liga goals last term but is yet to hit those heights this season, with just three in 12.

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