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The attacking options Arsenal need to transform their side

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Arsenal were dealt a devastating blow on Wednesday, as the news broke that Danny Welbeck's injury sustained at Manchester City was much worse than first feared, with the striker now facing nine months on the sidelines.

With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain prone to injury, Theo Walcott possibly heading towards the exit door and Joel Campbell increasingly looking like a spare part, Arsenal now need to reassess their attacking options.

With Arsene Wenger expected to complete an overhaul of his squad over the summer, with the ageing trio of Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, and Mathieu Flamini all set to be released, it's time for the Gunners to dip into the transfer market.


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Olivier Giroud has failed to hit the net consistently enough and now without Welbeck, the Gunners are even shorter on firepower in front of goal.

Here's a look at five players that Arsene Wenger could bring to the Emirates to rejuvenate the team in the final third.

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Marcus Rashford

After a very promising breakthrough season with Manchester United, Marcus Rashford looks set to have a very bright future.

Lightening quick with a knack for finishing, Rashford is reminiscent of a young Thierry Henry and would certainly offer something different than Giroud.

Young and versatile enough to play out wide, Rashford could find a place in the team in a number of positions.

Manchester United are going to be unlikely to want to sell, but the player himself could be tempted to come to London by the amount of minutes on offer. 

Hatem Ben Arfa


Hatem Ben Arfa has been in scintillating form for OGC Nice all season and has been touted with a move to Barcelona

Just the notion that Ben Arfa could swap sharing a locker room with Alex Bruce for Lionel Messi in just 18 months is a testament to the Frenchman's remarkable turnaround in form. Unplayable on his day, Newcastle United fans were treated to glimpses of his game-turning abilities, but since his return to France, he's found consistency and scored 17 goals in 32 games.

Available on a free transfer, Ben Arfa presents a low-risk option for Wenger, as does his ability to play out wide on either side as well as behind the striker.

Domenico Berardi

With 49 league goals to name, aged just 21, Italian winger Domenico Berardi combines speed and technique with an innate ability to find the back of the net.

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Perhaps Berardi's biggest asset is his versatility. For Sassulo, Berardi has been utilised out wide, supporting the striker in a number nine role, and leading the line himself.

At 21, he would inject some youth and zest into an Arsenal attacking line approaching its peak, offering a long-term option after the current crop of Arsenal forwards move on.

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez has been linked with moves to the biggest clubs in Europe following an outstanding season with Premier League champions Leicester City.

Mahrez's fine form saw him crowned PFA Player of the Year for the key role he played in Leicester's title triumph, adding 11 assists to his 17 league goals.

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Arsenal have often looked to the wings for goals this season, with Alexis Sanchez, Joel Campbell, and Alex Iwobi all chipping in with goals, Mahrez would slide straight into the side.

The opportunity to play with the likes of Sanchez and Mesut Ozil would be an attractive proposition for the Algerian, but convincing him to leave the Premier League champions on the eve of their European bow is a different matter.

Gonzalo Higuain

The Argentine international has just enjoyed the best season of his career, netting 33 goals in 34 games, no mean feat in the notoriously defensive Italian league.

Had Arsenal signed a regular goal scorer they might well have waltzed off with the Premier League trophy this season.

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Gonzalo Higuain offers just that, regular goals, and at 28, he is entering his peak years as a centre forward.

Arsenal have chased Higuain before, and as the reputation and financial muscle of the Premier League grows year on year, North London could offer an increasingly attractive option for Higuain.

Who should Arsenal target this summer to replace the injured Danny Welbeck? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!

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