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Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Buzz on Gunners' Striking Targets

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 20:  Cristian Tello of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Granada CF at Camp Nou on March 20, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. FC Barcelona won 5-3.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Jasper SchererAnalyst IIJanuary 11, 2017

It's well known by now that Arsenal have plenty of high-caliber midfielders in their starting lineup. Which is why, according to the Daily Star's David Woods, several Arsenal players are pressing manager Arsene Wenger to sign a new striker during this transfer window, especially in light of Theo Walcott's recent injury.

With that in mind, let's take a look at some of Arsenal's top offensive targets.

 

Eduardo

KHARKIV, UKRAINE - SEPTEMBER 25:  Eduardo of Shakhtar Donetsk in action during the Russian Premier League match between Metalist Kharkiv and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Metalist Stadium  on September 25, 2010 in Kharkiv, Ukraine.   (Photo by EuroFootball/Gett
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Eduardo scored 21 goals for the Gunners from 2007 to 2010 and he's been playing for Shakhtar Donetsk since his departure.

According to Standard Digital News, Eduardo is interested in once again returning to the Emirates:

Of course I’d like to go back to Arsenal. I don’t know anything about their interest, but everybody knows that when I left, everything was done in a friendly manner.

It remains to be seen whether the interest is mutual, but sportsdirectnews.com says Eduardo would be an excellent fit for Arsenal, especially with their recent injuries.

Arsenal's website noted that "Theo Walcott has sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee," and he "will have surgery in London in the near future and is expected to be out for at least six months, therefore missing the remainder of the season..."

With Olivier Giroud just returning from an illness, Walcott's injury is particularly devastating because the French striker could take some time to settle back into his role. Re-acquiring Eduardo could be an excellent replacement option.

 

Cristian Tello

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 07:  Cristian Tello of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between FC Barcelona and Bayern 04 Leverkusen at Camp Nou on March 7, 2012 in Barcel
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According to Mark Wayne Eubank of the International Business Times, Arsenal have turned their attention to Barcelona's young forward, Cristian Tello, given that a deal for Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata won't appear to work.

Tello hasn't exactly been spectacular this year, with only one goal thus far. But he's shown that when given the opportunity, he has what it take to delivers. Indeed, he had eight goals and five assists last season for Barcelona.

The fee for Tello would be "in the region of £10.5 million," according to sportsdirectnews.com, which also reports the "spotlight" has certainly fallen on Tello in North London.

Now it will be up to Wenger to follow through on the deal.

 

Sebastian Giovinco

TURIN, ITALY - DECEMBER 18:  Sebastian Giovinco of Juventus looks on during the Tim Cup match between Juventus and US Avellino at Juventus Arena on December 18, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Giovinco isn't a striker per se, but he plays an attacking role and Arsenal have expressed interest in the Italian speedster. According to goal.com, Giovinco's agent, Claudio Pasqualin, said Arsenal "requested information" regarding the Juventus attacker and it's worth noting that his current situation in Italy isn't exactly going swimmingly.

Indeed, Giovinco has started only two games in the Serie A this season, and it would be logical that he isn't pleased about his current situation. For now, however, it appears that Giovinco will stay at Juventus.

"Giovinco and Arsenal? There is a request for information but not an interest that goes beyond that," Pasqualin told Tuttomercatoweb, via Goal.

"The occasion, however, it is useful to reiterate that Sebastian will remain at Juventus. It's nice there are interests of this type but they are destined to remain as such."

Despite the likely stagnancy this transfer window, a future move is not out of the question. In fact, it appears likely and Arsenal's interest means they could be major players when that time comes.

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