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Arteta has ‘chosen’ new striker with Arsenal now the ‘favourite’

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Mikel Arteta wants to bring Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic to Arsenal in the summer transfer window, according to reports.

The Gunners will need to bring at least one new striker to the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah set to leave on free transfers.

Arsenal also terminated Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang’s contract at the end of January and the Gabon international joined Barcelona on a free.

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The Gunners know the exits of Lacazette and Nketiah will leave them light on forwards and Spanish publication Nacional claims that Arsenal are now the ‘new favourite’ to land Jovic from Real Madrid.

It is understood that Arteta ‘has chosen’ Jovic to be the new star striker for the north London club next season with the Gunners said to have ‘appeared strongly’ for his signature.

The Serbia international – who moved to Real Madrid in June 2019 for a reported €60m – ‘would have the mission of replacing’ Lacazette.

Nacional insist that Jovic – who turned down a number of offers to join Los Blancos – ‘feels cheated and disappointed’ at Real after being promised a ‘very important’ by president Florentino Perez.

It is now ‘impossible to think that he will continue’ at Real Madrid beyond this season with the 24-year-old failing to start a La Liga match this campaign.

Real are ready to sell and will accept any offers of €30m or more, with Roma boss Jose Mourinho hoping to rival Arsenal for the striker.

Meanwhile, Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was disappointed by the Gunners’ “very tense” first-half performance in their 2-1 loss to Brighton on Saturday.

“This was supposed to be the reaction game but it wasn’t,” Ramsdale told Arsenal’s official website.

“We’ve lost and not managed to pick up any points and next week is even bigger. I think we just need to go out there and be free and play our game, you know?

“It’s a game of football and I think in the first half we were very tense and slow so we just need to go out there next week, trust what the manager and the coaching staff are saying and go and play our football, which we’ve done all season.

“It’s not good enough. Two games on the spin where the first 45 minutes has got away from us.

“You make it an uphill battle against any team in the Premier League if you’re losing at half-time.”

 

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