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Monaco striker dreaming of Arsenal transfer

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Arsenal will be looking to recruit another striker during the transfer window and Emmanuel Riviere has attempted to place his name into the thoughts of Arsene Wenger. Riviere says he has harboured since childhood a ‘dream’ to join the Gunners and may consider a departure from Monaco this summer.

The acquisition of at least one more goalscorer would appear imperative for Arsenal over the next few months, and Riviere is a player they have been linked with in the past. Riviere has scored 10 goals in Ligue 1 this season, while he assumed a role of greater importance following injury to Radamel Falcao.

Given the vast financial reserves available to them Monaco are likely to be busy themselves this summer, and Riviere recognises that the club may sign forwards of more repute. And, should he find himself down the pecking order at the Stade Louis II, then Arsenal would be the move he would most desire.

"England is my dream since I was a kid," the 24-year-old told L'Equipe. "I was dreaming of Arsenal.

"You have to believe and never let go. I'm good at Monaco today, I have three years left on my contract. There will surely be reinforcements this summer. We will see what happens.”

Monaco, meanwhile, are reported to be planning a lucrative contract offer for Arsene Wenger, although the Arsenal manager on Friday gave the clearest indication yet that he will commit himself to the Gunners.

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