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Arsenal could miss out on signing £6.5m striker target

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Arsenal appear as if they could miss out on the signing of Michy Batshuayi, with reports from talkSPORT suggesting that PSV Eindhoven have stolen ahead of both the Gunners and Everton in the race for his signature.

Such reports suggest that the Dutch club, who currently sit fifth in the Eredivisie and trail leaders Ajax by 13 points, have joined the battle to sign the striker and are willing to meet his £6.5 million release clause.

20-year-old Batshuayi, a regular for Belgium's U21 side, currently represents Pro League outfit Standard Liege, where he has scored 17 times in 27 domestic games so far this season.

Arsenal, whose own hopes of picking up silverware this season suffered a setback after they lost 1-0 away to rivals Stoke City on Saturday, have previously been linked with a move for the player, with reports only last month suggesting that Arsene Wenger had been impressed with what he had seen of Batshuayi and that the club had approached Liege to discuss a potential fee.

However, it now looks as if Arsenal will have to move quickly if they are serious about a deal for the former Anderlecht starlet, with PSV seemingly keen on a move of their own.

Wenger's need for a new striker is painfully evident for all to see, with the form of Olivier Giroud stuttering and Arsenal only possessing the much-maligned Nicklas Bendtner - who looks set to leave the club this summer- and the inexperienced Yaya Sanogo by way of suitable back-up.

However, while Gunners fans must surely support their manager's potential interest in a new forward, it could easily be argued that Arsenal are in need of a striker with far more experience at the top level.

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