Arsenal missed out on a striker in the January transfer window but could turn to Chelsea’s Armando Broja, who is impressing this season while on loan at Southampton.
Arsenal could consider a move for loanee Southampton star Armando Broja as they consider a striker this summer, according to reports.
The Gunners could face a potential crisis over their final third options at the end of the season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been allowed to leave the Emirates for nothing after being frozen out by Mikel Arteta.
Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are both out of contract this summer and both are expected to be able to leave.
This would mean Arsenal are running out of firepower and could look to attack London neighbors Chelsea for reinforcements.
Broja has been cleared to go on loan to the South Coast this term.
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It is still unclear if he has a long-term future at Chelsea and the Gunners could be looking to pounce, reports football.londonwith Mikel Arteta a great admirer.
Broja underlined his quality by effectively leading the line in Southampton’s draw with Manchester United at the weekend.
Arsenal have several forwards on their radar, including Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Broja has proven a big hit this term, scoring eight times in just 15 starts for the Saints as he effectively leads the line.
Arsenal missed out on signing Dusan Vlahovic last month despite following him for much of the window.
The Serb opted to stay in Italy and swapped Fiorentina for Juventus.
The Gunners could still have the added draw of playing in the Champions League as they chase a top-four spot.
However, complications could exist in the negotiation with Chelsea, who could hate selling to a rival.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel also spoke fondly of Broja earlier this year as he urged the striker to capitalize on his current opportunity.
“He’s our player, he’s fine. But at the same time it’s only halfway through the season so he has to keep improving and make his statement at Southampton,” said the German. in January.
“We have a reason why they are our players, they have quality and a mentality and now they are on their own in different environments at different clubs. Armando is getting better and better.
“He’s a very unique player with very unique assets: speed, strength, toughness and goalscoring. Now is not the time to talk about summer.
“Now is the time for him to stay calm and keep improving.”
Chelsea invested a club-record fee in frontman Romelu Lukaku at the start of the season.