Los Merengues manager Rafael Benitez “is sure” that the 27-year-old will stay at the Bernabeu [Sky Sports], leaving the Gunners out in the cold.
As such Arsene Wenger is going to have to look elsewhere, and here five players he could do worse than sign…
5) Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon
After a brilliant 29 goals in 35 games last season, the 24-year-old could be perfect for the North London club. He brings both goalscoring and a physical presence up front, which is important to how Wenger has his team playing.