Arsenal already eyeing Karim Benzema alternative, according to respected journalist

Arsenal are interested in Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if they are unable to sign Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema, according to respected journalist Kike Marin.

The Bernabeu man has been heavily linked with the North Londoners [Don Balon via Metro], but there has been no official news yet from the club. With this silence worrying Gunners fans, it could be that Arsene Wenger ends up having to look elsewhere to bolster his team up front.

Aubameyang may be a good option, having scored 44 goals in 97 appearances for BVB since joining in 2013. The Gabon international has also netted 17 times in 44 games for his country. Similarly, the player’s pace and strength could fit well into the approach used by the Gunners under Wenger.

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The north-London heavyweights are in need of a striker in order to challenge Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title. There are doubts over Olivier Giroud against the top teams [Daily Telegraph], while Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck have never played as a central striker on a regular basis and it remains to be seen whether either player could lead the line for potential title contenders.

Their title rivals have world-class forwards such as Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa, demonstrating the gulf that exists between the division’s top two and the Gunners currently. The lack of quality up front was on display during their 0-2 loss to West Ham on the opening day of the season, with a cutting edge an issue for the team.

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