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Lille's Djibril Sidibe set to sign for Arsenal, claims Italian journalist

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Arsenal have made a somewhat promising start to the summer transfer window having signed Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach and Japanese talent Takuma Asano.

Further arrivals are expected - and demanded - amongst the club's fans following a season where the Gunners were favourites to win the Premier League but lost out to minnows Leicester City.

A number of high-profile strikers have been linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium but, typically, doubt remains whether Arsene Wenger will splash the cash like he should.


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However, it would appear the Frenchman is busy making fresh additions if journalist Guglielmo Cannavale has anything to say about it.

In the below tweet, the Italian - who works for Italy's version of Sky Sports - claims that Arsenal are set to sign Lille full-back Djibril Sidibe.

No fee was revealed by Cannavale but recent reports per Goal suggest the north Londoners hijacked AS Monaco's proposed €15 million move with an improved bid.

In signing Sidibe, Wenger would be addressing a weakness in Arsenal's squad. Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal are the club's first-choice full-backs but their understudies leave a lot to be desired.

Furthermore, the 23-year-old's potential arrival would likely rule out any move for Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez, who has been frequently linked with the Gunners in recent weeks.

Arsenal are certainly in for a busy summer, then, especially so after the Mirror claimed talks have opened to sign Alexandre Lacazette.

The French striker is believed to have a release clause of £34 million but Lyon are said to be asking for more, which is proving a sticking point in any potential deal.

Romelu Lukaku is also a firm target for the Gunners but according to Thierry Henry, neither might be needed.

According to the Arsenal legend, per the Evening Standard, Wenger should consider playing Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez upfront together.

He said: “I've said it many times - Giroud is very good at what he does. He's a very good player but he needs to play with someone.

“Giroud, with his back to goal, is very good; you saw the goal against Ireland when Giroud flicked on and [Antoine] Griezmann scored.

"He can't turn and outpace anyone, Giroud, but in Griezmann he has a guy he can feed. It's a great partnership. They share the workload of scoring goals.

“Everyone has always said that Arsenal need another striker but that doesn't mean Giroud has to drop to the bench. He should play with someone because he has all the attributes. I've said before, I would have loved to have played with him.

“Sometimes I watch Arsenal and think it would be great to see Sanchez behind Olivier. Giroud is the perfect striker to play with a guy that runs in behind.”

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