Arsenal are bracing themselves for more disappointment in the centre-forward position amid claims transfer target Gianluca Scamacca is ‘destined’ to join Inter Milan.
The Gunners are searching for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s successor in attack, following his move to Barcelona on February 2. They may also need to replace Alexandre Lacazette as the Frenchman’s contract is up on June 30.
Arsenal were hoping to sign Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina so he could spearhead Mikel Arteta’s attack for the foreseeable future.
But the Serbian striker went on to join Juventus instead, costing the Italian giants an initial £58million.
After linking up with the Old Lady, Vlahovic said: “Choosing Juve was easy. In Juve’s DNA there is the desire to win, to never give up and fight until the end, even when there is suffering. This is also my mentality and therefore the choice was easy.
“My goal is to settle into the coach’s plans as soon as possible, then get to know and create a friendship, I would say a familiar relationship, with all my team-mates and all the people who work for Juve. I think this is a key aspect.”
Arsenal quickly moved on from this disappointment by targeting Sassuolo ace Scamacca. The two-time Italy international boasts a record of 10 goals from 25 Serie A matches this campaign.
According to The Boot Room, who cite reports in Italy, Arteta’s side ‘asked the question’ about Scamacca’s availability earlier this year.
Gianluca Scamacca in line for Inter move
However, it is unlikely that the 23-year-old centre-forward will be moving to the Emirates. Goal, citing fresh reports coming out of Italy, state Scamacca is set to join Inter.
And the original source claims he is ‘destined’ for the Nerazzurri, where he would rival Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko for a starting spot.
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The most likely outcome is for Scamacca to become Dzeko’s long-term successor, given the fact the Bosnian is now 35.
Arsenal will now have to hunt alternative striker solutions, with Alexander Isak and Ollie Watkins both under consideration.
Mikel Arteta reacts to Arsenal victory
Following Arsenal’s 3-2 win against Watford away from home, Arteta told reporters: “Credit to Watford, they are fighting for their lives. They changed their team and it is hard to beat them.
“We are getting better and better. The understanding between the players is getting better and we should have scored more today.”
In the build up to Gabriel Martinelli’s goal, Arteta picked up the ball for Arsenal and got Bukayo Saka to take a quick throw-in – which caught Watford out.
“I saw the ball there and saw an opportunity to take an advantage,” Arteta added. “I don’t know if I should have done it but that is the way I live the game and I couldn’t help myself.”