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Arsenal: Dusan Vlahovic could be Arteta’s own Haaland

Arsenal look set to secure the signing of Ukrainian sensation Mykhailo Mudryk as Mikel Arteta aims to give his side the boost they need as they chase their first Premier League title in 19 years.

There could be another one or two new faces this month too, with a midfielder and centre-forward high on the manager’s wish list to improve squad depth.

The Gunners are interested in a deal to bring Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic to the Emirates Stadium in order to ease the burden on Eddie Nketiah.

Arsenal were also linked with the Juventus marksman last year, but with Gabriel Jesus ruled out for the next few months due to an injury suffered at the World Cup, adding another forward is now a must for Arteta.

The Serbian hitman has lit up Serie A with his goalscoring exploits over the previous few years, netting 57 goals in just 123 appearances in the Italian top flight, and it’s no wonder he is attracting interest from England.

Indeed, his devastating ability in front of goal has seen him compared to Erling Haaland via FBref’s similar player model, with the Norwegian superstar the sixth-most comparable player to Vlahovic.

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Haaland – who joined Manchester City for £51m last summer – has sparkled in the Premier League this season, scoring a quite remarkable 21 goals in just 17 matches, and it’s certainly not a bad comparison for Vlahovic to have.

This season, the two strikers have registered similar statistics with regard to shot-creating actions per match (2.54 to 2.41), dribble success rate (41.7% to 35.7%), assists (three to one), and aerial duels won (48.5% to 47.2%).

Both players clearly offer an excellent attacking threat, and if Arteta wants to keep Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table, investing in a player like Vlahovic could be a wise move.

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The £220k-per-week striker was dubbed “clinical” by CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs following a goal against Switzerland in the World Cup and he knows how to deliver on the highest stage, so he could settle in at Arsenal with ease.

The 22-year-old could soften the Jesus injury blow over the next few months, and it might just lead to Arsenal claiming the league title with Arteta unearthing his own Haaland in the process.