'Powerful' striker reportedly on Arsenal radar was linked with Arsene Wenger's Gunners in 2017
Arsenal have been linked with a summer move for Moussa Dembele, four years after Arsene Wenger reportedly wanted the French striker as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez.
The Telegraph has reported that the Gunners are exploring possible attacking options amid uncertainty over the futures of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah.
Arsenal are believed to have looked into Dembele’s potential availability this summer, when the 24-year-old’s loan spell at Atletico Madrid comes to an end.
The Lyon striker has struggled with fitness issues since moving to the Spanish capital in January and is yet to score for Diego Simeone’s side.
Atletico have an option to buy Dembele for around £30million but it remains to be seen whether they’ll choose to exercise that option given his difficult stint at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Dembele has been known to British fans for a number of years, moving to Fulham’s academy from Paris Saint-Germain, shining for the London side and then moving to Celtic, where he scored 51 goals in 94 games.
And in the summer of 2017, the Daily Star reported that Wenger wanted Dembele – who had moved to Parkhead the previous year – at the Emirates Stadium, having identified him as the player he wanted if Sanchez left.
Dembele has been a prolific and consistent sharpshooter for most of his career, but sadly, fitness issues have hampered his time at Atletico.
Nonetheless, he’s bound to be highly sought after in the summer, given his proven quality over the past few years.
“Moussa was everything with his power and pace,” former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers said of Dembele after a pre-season friendly with Sparta Prague in 2018 (Daily Record).
“His opponent at centre-back was strong but Moussa is so powerful with ability, touch and workrate. He was excellent. I am very pleased to have him back and his contribution.”
Can Arteta succeed where Wenger failed and bring Dembele to the Emirates Stadium?
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