Gunners have been scouting centre forward all campaign long.
Premier League leaders Arsenal are set to go head to head with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Moenchengladbach in the battle to sign young Auxerre front man Paul-Georges Ntep in the January transfer window, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
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The north London club have by all accounts been keeping close tabs on the France Under-21 international for some time now as Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger weighs up making a possible move for Ntep before the winter window slams shut for business for this season at the end of the month.
However, the Frenchman will now have to step up his chase for the 21-year-old after Moenchengladbach also joined the race to land Ntep in January, although it is still understood that Wenger and Co remain in the driving seat to sign the Frenchman for a fee of around €8m.
And that will come as a huge relief to everyone associated with the Premier League giants as they now enter the most crucial part of their campaign badly short of attacking numbers following a spate of recent injuries to the likes of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.
But with 15 goals in all competitions for both club and country so far this season, Ntep could be just the man to ease the Gunners’ crisis up front at the Emirates.