Signing a striker this summer is a must for Arsenal and from all indication, Arsenal are working very hard to ensure at least one striker is signed. But according to reports, London rivals Chelsea are on the brink of signing Belgium star Michy Batshuayi, with the striker confirming he’s set to leave French side Marseille.
Things have since changed for the 22-year-old striker, who revealed back in 2014 that he has supported London club Arsenal since he was a child.
The youngster, who was playing for Standard Liege at that point in time, also indicated his desire to join the North London club over any other club.
‘I want to move on. Maybe I will think about a longer stay if we play in the Champions League, but I want to progress as a player,’ Batshuayi told RTBF two years back.
‘My preferred destinations are England or Germany. If you ask my favourite team, I’ll say Arsenal.
‘It is a club with a good philosophy, where youngsters get their chance. I’ve been an Arsenal fan since I was a kid.’
It’s understood that the Gunners are searching for attacking reinforcements and, after being rejected by English international Jamie Vardy, it looks like they may have missed out on another quality striker in Batshuayi this summer.
Batshuayi scored 23 goals and provided 10 assist last season, and the statistics made all the more impressive considering he was playing in a team which finished 13th in Ligue 1.
The youngster was handed his international debut in March 2015 and scored immediately after replacing Liverpool striker Christian Benteke in a 5-0 win over Cyprus. He also found the back of the net for Belgium in a friendly win over Italy as they built towards Euro 2016.