Five strikers Arsenal should go after as they struggle to get Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer over the line, including lethal Prem pair

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Arsenal may have to start thinking about alternatives to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a transfer move for the Borussia Dortmund striker hits complications.

According to Sky Sports, the Gunners have had their latest bid for the Gabon international rejected by the Bundesliga giants, putting them in a difficult position with less than a week to go until the January transfer window deadline.

While Aubameyang would be a fine replacement for Manchester United new-boy Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal may need to cast the net a little wider, and we’ve got some suggestions for them for potential realistic targets.

It remains to be seen if Arsenal do have a Plan B, but they’d do well to consider any one of these five strikers from the Premier League, Serie A and Ligue 1…

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

Recently approached by Manchester United, according to the Telegraph, Leicester City would supposedly ask for around £35million for Jamie Vardy.

BBC Sport reported in the summer of 2016 that Vardy rejected an offer to join Arsenal, but could they do well to back in for the England international now?

Vardy has had another prolific season in front of goal and could shine in a team that creates as many chances as Arsenal, even if he’d likely only be a short-term solution up front.

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Jamie Vardy could be a good option for Arsenal

Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan)

Recently mentioned as a surprise target for Arsenal by Gianluca Di Marzio, there’s certainly a lot of sense in targeting a move for the in-form Inter Milan hit-man Mauro Icardi.

The Argentina international has 18 goals in 21 Serie A matches this season, and would surely shine in this Arsenal side, even if he’d likely be expensive.

Di Marzio claim he has a mammoth release clause, and there’s little need for Inter to sell in the middle of the season, but fans would certainly love to see their club make a statement by going all out for him now, or even waiting until the summer to eventually get this huge deal over the line.

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Mauro Icardi has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Arsenal

Dries Mertens (Napoli)

Having only recently signed a new contract at Napoli, Dries Mertens is perhaps a fanciful target, but he’s been one of Europe’s most lethal forwards in recent times.

The Belgium international spent much of his career playing as a winger but relished his new role up front last season, scoring 34 goals in 45 games for Napoli.

The 30-year-old has started with a further 15 in all competitions so far this term, and looks ideally suited to the way Arsenal play.

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