Three strikers that Arsenal could sign this summer

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It's a topic revisited every summer, but the wait could finally be over for Arsenal fans as the Gunners look to strengthen their strike-force when the transfer window opens.

The north Londoners have been linked with a host of big names in the closing stages of the season, so one can only speculate what the future holds for Arsenal's front line.

One thing is for sure, though - the FA Cup holders need to buy a world-class striker if they are to challenge for the title next year.

Olivier Giroud has had an excellent season, spearheading Arsenal's attack, scoring 14 goals in 25 appearances, and while Danny Welbeck has had a somewhat positive impact, neither are strikers capable of leading a title charge.

You need look no further than the Premier League champions of the past three seasons as evidence of what a world-class striker can do for a club's league prospects.

In the 2012/13 campaign, Robin van Persie single-handedly guided Manchester United to the title following his high-profile move from north London, at which point the Dutchman was in his prime. They had Wayne Rooney too, let's not forget.

A year later, a Manchester City side boasting the striking talent of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Stefan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo stole the crown from their Manchester rivals.

And this year, spearheaded by the brutal Diego Costa with Loic Remy as back-up, Chelsea stormed to their first title in five years, blowing away their opposition in the process.

The importance of a top-quality forward, therefore, cannot be underestimated, so here are three strikers that would fit the billing:

Alexandre Lacazette

An exciting prospect and one that would perfectly fit the mould of an Arsenal side with it's fair share of French relations.

Lacazette has been nothing short of prolific for Lyon this season, scoring 27 league goals, and has the pace, strength and eye for goal that would see him a success in the Premier League.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulus has warned Lacazette's many admirers that the 23-year-old is "priceless", as reported by Daily Mail, and that not even €50 million (£35 million) would tempt the club to part ways with its prized asset.

But every player has their price, and a £40-50 million bid would undoubtedly test the French side's resolve.

Karim Benzema

This wouldn't be the first summer that Benzema has been linked with a move to north London, and Wenger could again use his French roots to lure the clinical 27-year-old to the Emirates.

A proven goalscorer in both Spain and Europe, the France international would thrive in front of the creative talents of former-team mate Mesut Ozil and Chilean, Alexis Sanchez.

It remains to be seen, however, whether Real Madrid would be willing to sell their frontman given their current lack of a world-class back-up, but if reports in Spain are to be believed, then Madrid could be about to activate a buy-out clause included in their sale of Alvaro Morata to Juventus last summer - a move that could jeopardise Benzema's role.

Gonzalo Higuain

Again, a player to have been frequently linked with the Gunners to the extent of rumours that Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti had sanctioned the Argentine's move to Arsenal in the summer of 2013.

Such rumours were false, however, with the nimble forward heading to Italy's Napoli instead, much to the annoyance of Arsenal fans.

His name continues to feature in Arsenal-related transfer news, though, with the 27-year-old reportedly seeking Champions League football following Napoli's fourth-placed finish in Serie A.

A fee in the region of £30 million is likely to be what Napoli would demand, but the quality and deadly finishing that Higuain possesses would comfortably justify such a price tag.

Positive Wenger

Elite clubs deserve elite players, and Arsenal are no exception. The Gunners landed the often-criticised Ozil in 2013 for £42.5 million, spelling a change in Wenger's transfer policy.

Much to the surprise of every football fan, last summer they captured Alexis Sanchez, who has enjoyed an emphatic first season at the Emirates.

Add to the above the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, and Wenger has a quality-filled side on the cusp of challenging for the Premier League. Now, though, the Frenchman must build upon the club's strong foundations with a prolific striker the next step forward.

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