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Arsenal eye Watkins they step up plans to sign world-class striker

Arsenal are stepping up plans to sign a world-class forward during the summer transfer window after Bayern Munich dumped them out of the Champions League.

Manager Mikel Arteta wants a versatile and modern forward capable of influencing games down the middle as well as from out wide, and Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins is of interest.

The 28-year-old England international has bagged 26 goals and assisted another ten in 46 games across all competitions this season after ending last term with 16 goals and six assists in 40 games.

Arsenal also have Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak and his RB Leipzig counterpart Benjamin Sesko on their radar. Sporting CP’s Viktor Gyokeres is also being monitored.

The aforementioned trio are younger options, but Watkins has proven himself in the English top flight and is capable of improving the Gunners.

Having proven his quality in the Championship with Brentford, he has established himself as a key player for Villa since joining them in 2020.

Watkins was a thorn in the side of the Arsenal defence at Emirates Stadium last Sunday, capping his incredible performance with a well-taken goal in a 2-0 win.

Arteta may have to convince the board to look beyond his age and go after him when the transfer window opens.

The Gunners clearly need more quality in attack given their recent performances. Going for one of the best strikers in the land makes perfect sense, even if his age is a concern.

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