Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to renew his interest in Chelsea striker Demba Ba in the January transfer window, according to the Metro.
Arsenal had been in the market for a world class centre forward last summer after offloading Marouane Chamakh, Andrei Arshavin and Gervinho but saw club record bids for Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez turned down by Real Madrid and Liverpool respectively.
A transfer deadline day move for Ba also failed after Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was reported to have blocked the deal at the last minute. The failure to land Ba has left Arsenal light in the striking department.
According to the Metro, Arsenal have revived their interest in Ba and are hoping to tie up a loan deal for him in January with a view to completing a £5m permanent transfer in the summer of 2014. Ba had previously admitted he was keen on a move to the Emirates Stadium so Arsenal are confident a deal can be struck with Chelsea.
With Nicklas Bendtner out of form, Park Chu Young yet to play for Arsenal in over a year, Lukas Podolski injured and summer signing Yaya Sanogo also injured, Arsenal have Olivier Giroud as the only senior striker at the club.
Having started the season in fine form, Arsenal will hope to capture Ba in January in an effort to complement the efforts of Olivier Giroud who has been excellent this season, scoring six goals in all competitions.
Arsenal will face stiff competition for the services of Demba Ba with Roma and Atletico Madrid also reported to be monitoring his situation at Chelsea.