Wenger eyes two Tottenham striker targets
Arsenal transfer news: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger eyes Fernando Llorente and Robert Soldado
The Gunners appear short of striking options following the departure of Robin van Persie.
Olivier Giroud, effectively the Dutchman’s replacement following his move to Manchester United, has so far failed to adapt to life in the Premier League and has scored just one league goal, against West Ham before the international break.
In recent weeks Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has opted to deploy Gervinho as a main striker ahead of Giroud, a damning indictment upon the Frenchman given that Gervinho’s preferred position is out wide.
Giroud did manage to score against Spain for his country last night to help them secure a 1-1 draw with La Roja.
It may be a case of too little too late for Wenger, who is preparing to remedy the problem in January by targeting a move for either Soldado or Llorente according to Calciomercato.com
Both have fine scoring records in La Laga, while the latter is expected to complete a move away from Bilbao when the winter window opens.
Llorente has turned down the offer of a contract extension at Bilbao and is expected to seal a move to seal a move to the Premier League in January.
Arsenal are believed to be in the race for his signature, along with Tottenham amongst others.
Soldado has also been the subject of interest from Spurs in the past, and claimed to have received an offer from the White Hart Lane-based club over the summer.
The Valencia captain has a £25 million release-clause written into his contract, something Arsenal may be hoping to exploit, although upon revealing his rejection of Tottenham the 27-year-old stated his desire to stay put at the Mestalla.