Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen frontman Kevin Volland, with the Gunners having scouted the star several times in recent weeks.
The Gunners lay in eleventh position in the Premier League table having struggled mightily at both ends of the pitch so far.
While their defensive woes have garnered the most attention, their attacking return of 24 goals in 18 matches is the lowest mark from the traditional ‘big six’, and is also bettered by high-flying duo Leicester City (41) and Wolves (26).
With Mikel Arteta’s recent appointment, changes in player personnel are to be expected and Sky Sports claim Leverkusen striker Volland could be the first man in.
The 27-year-old is reported to have been “watched by Gunners scouts in a handful of recent matches” and is “expected to be among the names put to new head coach Mikel Arteta.”
Volland’s contract expires in the summer of 2021, meaning the time for Leverkusen to make a decision on whether to cash in on the 10-times capped Germany international is nearing.
The forward has plundered 14 goals in the Bundesliga in the last two seasons in a row, but is equally adept at providing as much as scoring.
In the current campaign, Volland’s tally of five goals is bettered by his seven assists, with his versatility at being capable of playing as a centre-forward or coming in from the right-hand side a fine quality.
If a move does come to fruition, however, it would certainly raise eyebrows regarding the future of current Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Reports emerged last month that the Gabon international was unwilling to commit to fresh terms over concerns over the Gunners’ long-term ability to consistently attain European football.
That led to speculation Spanish heavyweight Real Madrid could come calling, with Champions League football a virtual guarantee every season at the Bernabeu.
Arsenal were reported as telling the star that they were willing to listen to offers for him, but would demand a certain Madrid star in exchange as part of the deal.