Arsenal will have to see off the interest of Stoke City if they want to sign summer transfer target Emmanuel Riviere, as the Potters are ready to build on a positive season and swoop for the Ligue 1 star.
According to the Daily Mail, Stoke manager Mark Hughes sees the Frenchman as the perfect addition to a squad that has taken the club to its first ever top ten finish in the Premier League. Any interest in the 24-year-old is likely to get the attention of Arsenal, however, as the Gunners were linked with a summer swoop for him last month.
Arsene Wenger is expected to be busy in the summer as he looks to bolster a squad that fell short in the Premier League title race once again, despite being top of the table longer than any other side this season. One reason posited by many as to why the Gunners couldn't last the pace was that the scarcity of striker options.
Olivier Giroud was the only viable regular centre-forward option for the majority of the season because Wenger did not seem to trust Lukas Podolski in the role as lone striker, youngster Yaya Sanogo has little first team experience and Nicklas Bendtner was, well, Nicklas Bendtner. Giroud's form took a nosedive mid season as he looked increasingly fatigued from having to play pretty much every minute of most games, which saw him draw criticism from a few places.
Arsenal fans will be hoping any additions to the front line are more high-profile than the likes of Riviere - such as the reported £30million swoop for Real Madrid's Karim Benzema - but he has proved he can lead a line for Monaco this season. The big-spending principality club's star man Radamel Falcao was ruled out for the season after suffering cruciate ligament damage and Riviere had to step in to take up some of the slack, performing well.
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