Arsenal are on the brink of securing a deal to bring Celta Vigo striker Nolito to North London as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his offensive options.
Despite his recent hat-trick against Olympiakos, it remains to be seen whether Olivier Giroud can lead the line for genuine title contenders—he has managed nine goals in 16 league outings so far this term—while Theo Walcott has started only seven league games so far this term as injury has once again affected his progress.
The 26-year-old has scored only two goals and contributed two assists this term, and it would appear as though the forward is not a wholly trustworthy option to lead the line for the Gunners as they look to win their first EPL crown in over a decade.
As such, Wenger has turned his attentions to Nolito, and sees the lethal La Liga forward as an ideal option to give the Gunners the edge they need in the title race.
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The 29-year-old has contributed eight goals and five assists in the Spanish top flight so far this term, and as per Mundo Deportivo [via the Express], Arsenal are on the brink of signing the hitman as Wenger plans to meet his £13 million (€18m) buyout clause.
However, Nolito—like Walcott—has had fitness concerns of his own recently, with Mundo Deportivo [via the Express] reporting that the player underwent a scan on Monday after he ‘hobbled off’ injured during Celta’s 1-0 victory over Espanyol over the weekend.