Arsenal keen on Italian ace

Arsenal are considering a move for Roma striker Mattia Destro, according to reports from The Metro.

Gunners chief Arsene Wenger looks set to up his pursuit of a new centre-forward in the coming weeks, with injuries to Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner having left him short of options in the role.

The Frenchman is said to be keen to lure a top class and experienced player to North London to become the focal point of his attack – something he tried to do over the summer with moves for Luis Suarez – but he is aware that doing so mid way through the season may be difficult.

Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata has been heavily linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium, but it is understood that Wenger is also watching Destro.

The 22-year-old Italian is widely thought of as one of Serie A’s top emerging talents, but has struggled to force his way into Roma’s first-team this term.

Destro is currently in competition with the iconic Francesco Totti and the in-form ex-Arsenal ace Gervinho for a starting berth, which has limited him to just four appearances.

A loan move is a possibility, but Wenger may opt to push for a full transfer with Bendtner likely to leave the club in six months’ time.

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