Arsenal scouts tracking Michy Batshuayi

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Arsenal are tracking the progress of Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi, reports the Daily Mail.

The English national reported on Friday that Arsene Wenger was ready to try and sign Javier Hernandez from Manchester United in January.

However, David Moyes would undoubtedly be reluctant to sell Hernandez, especially to one of their main rivals, leaving Arsenal's chances of bagging the Mexican at slim to none.

And it seems that Wenger is already preparing for failure as the same source also reports that Arsenal are eyeing up Batshuayi, who has been making noises in the Jupiler League for Liege this season.

The 20-year-old has scored eight goals in 14 appearances this season and has played 10 times for Belgium's under 21s.

Arsenal have sent Ty Gooden, their European-based scout, to keep track of the striker this season and has been impressed with his progress.

The Gunners are on the market for a new striker as Olivier Giroud represents their only option before the likes of Nicklas Bendter are welcomed in to the starting XI.

The Dane was close to leaving the club for Crystal Palace in the summer, but was forced to stay at the Emirates after Wenger failed to secure the signing of Demba Ba.

Batshuayi is the latest striking prospect to emerge from Belgium with Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke both taking the Premier League by storm over the last two years.

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