Arsenal seem to have been handed a rather significant boost in the race to sign Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi.
In a recent interview, the Belgian U21 starlet - who has been heavily linked with the Gunners in recent weeks - has not been shy to admit his longstanding love for the club and his admiration for their philosophy.
"There is a good philosophy at that club [Arsenal] and there is confidence in young players in a technically strong team that cares about football. I've loved the club from childhood," Batshuayi told Belgian television show 'La Tribune' in an interview that was quoted by Goal.com.
And while the player also went on to claim that he is yet to sign anything with regards to a future transfer, he certainly gave a strong indication that he would be open to a move very soon.
"I am a person with vision, I want [to move] ahead as quickly as possible. I'm going to make a decision in consultation with my agents and my family but, at this moment, I have signed nothing."
Arsenal, who currently sit third in the Premier League by virtue of goal difference following Sunday's narrow derby win over fierce rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane, are widely expected to be in the market for a new striker this summer.
While physical Frenchman Olivier Giroud began the season in fine fettle, he has struggled somewhat to replicate that form in 2014. In addition, much-maligned back-up marksman Nicklas Bendtner looks almost certain to leave Arsenal when his contract at the Emirates Stadium expires at the end of the season.
20-year-old Batshuayi - who joined his current club in 2008 and is reportedly rated at around £10 million - has been in good form, but it would surely seem unlikely that Arsene Wenger would not require more experience with which to bolster his frontline.