Arsene Wenger has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will move for Greek forward Konstantinos Mitroglou in the winter transfer window, by admitting that he cannot overlook him.
According to French newspaper Le 10 Sport the Frenchman has all but expressed his intent to sign the 25-year-old, who is valued at around €8million, as he searches for a striker who can alleviate the amount of pressure currently on Olivier Giroud.
Mitroglou is being eyed by a number of Europe's footballing giants and his goals to games ratio- he has 17 in 15 games in all competitions this year- has forced Wenger to consider him as a viable option alongside the likes of Karim Benzema and Luis Suarez.
"As the Greek league is less on the front of the stage, there is less talk of Mitroglou. It is discovered that when playing international matches. At Arsenal, it is well known since played the Olympiakos in the Champions League," Wenger is quoted as having said.
The purchase of another proven goalscorer is thought to be high on the list of priorities for Wenger in January, as the team is looking at maintaining their title tilt.
The Gunners have been in exceptional form so far this year and currently top the Premier League, but their chances of staying ahead of their rivals will be damaged if they are unable to bring in someone who will get them goals if Giroud is unavailable or out of form.
With Mitroglou ticking the boxes for Wenger, and his cut-price transfer fee making him a far more economical choice than certain others, he may just be the favoured choice.
"He is a true finisher," the Arsenal boss continued.
"He must try to evolve to a higher level to see if it is really capable of. In any case, all the major European clubs will certainly be alert. When you look at his statistics, we can not neglect."
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