Arsenal handed big boost in Batshuayi transfer race

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Arsenal appear to have been handed a sizeable boost in the race to sign Belgian starlet Michy Batshuayi.

As reported by Portuguese publication A Bola, Benfica have denied speculation that they have reached an agreement with the young Standard Liege striker, clarifying that there are no negotiations.

Such news would appear to give Arsenal renewed hope in their own pursuit of Batshuayi, with the Gunners having been frequently linked with a summer move for the £6.5 million-rated youngster in recent weeks.

Arsenal's blatant need for reinforcements in the final third was apparent to all during the recent January transfer window, but Arsene Wenger eventually only managed to bring in veteran Swedish international Kim Kallstrom before the market closed.

Such a failure has only appeared to strengthen the fan's resolve that Arsene Wenger - providing he remains at the club, of course - will be on the hunt for a new forward at the end of the season.

Although Olivier Giroud has impressed at times during his second season at Arsenal, he has struggled to recapture the same sort of form that saw him consistently among the goals at the beginning of the year.

Wenger's chief back-up options have not exactly proved themselves capable either, with Nicklas Bendtner - whose contract at the Emirates Stadium is due to expire in a matter of months - featuring more frequently in newspaper headlines than he has on the pitch of late.

French starlet Yaya Sanogo - signed on a free transfer from Auxerre last summer - looks to possess a lot of encouraging potential but is desperately short of match experience at the highest level.

While the same accusation could possible be levelled at Batshuayi, his 18 goals in 30 appearances would suggest he could one day be the man to lead Arsenal's attack.

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