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Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Daniel Sturridge, Wojciech Szczesny Rumours

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Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2016

Reported Arsenal target Daniel Sturridge would reportedly prefer a move to a London club if he should leave Liverpool.

That's according to Neil Moxley of the Sunday People, with Metro's Jamie Sanderson noting "that’s a major boost for Arsenal as it eliminates plenty of competition for his services, leaving West Ham as the only real rival."

The Gunners have an array of attacking options at their disposal with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott to name but a few. At times this season, though, they have suffered due to the lack of a reliable, clinical finisher.

Sturridge is a striker who could fulfill that role, having netted 45 goals in 73 appearances for the Reds as well as adding 16 assists.

However, there are serious concerns over the England international's ability to stay fit. The 26-year-old has made just six appearances this season and just 18 in the last campaign, including only 12 in the Premier League.

Bleacher Report UK share a handy summary of the frequency with which he plays:

Football writer Jack Lusby finds his situation perplexing:

Indeed, with Sturridge proving so unreliable due to fitness issues, he would be a huge risk for Arsenal to take, particularly as they are a club who have long suffered from injury crises of their ownthis season being no exception.

The Gunners' need is for a reliable goalscorer. While Sturridge is just that on the pitch, he's not on it enough to be a worthwhile signing for Arsenal.

It may be academic anyway, as reports of his desire to leave Anfield have been dismissed by Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, per James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo:

In other news, Everton may be set to take goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny off their hands this summer if they lose Tim Howard to Major League Soccer, according to the Sun (h/t Alex Wood of the Daily Star).

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The Pole is spending the season on loan at AS RomaSzczesny has had a mixed time in the eternal city, but as he showed on Sunday, he's produced some exceptional moments of quality, according to AFP's Justin Davis:

However, Petr Cech has firmly secured the No. 1 shirt at the Emirates Stadium following his arrival in the summer, with the Premier League revealing the impact he's had:

Indeed, with first-team football set to be incredibly difficult to come by for other goalkeepers at Arsenal for the foreseeable future, Szczesny will likely move on in the summer.

Though the Toffees may not boast Champions League football like Roma, a first-choice spot at a Premier League club of their stature could well appeal, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he were drafted in to replace Howard—provided the American moves on.

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