The Gunners and Liverpool are currently duking it out atop the Premier League and they could also be set to do battle for Greek goal-machine Kostas Mitroglou as they seek to bolster their striking ranks when the transfer window re-opens in January.
However the pair – 5/1 and 7/1 third and fourth favourites in bwin’s Premier League outright betting respectively – could face some concerted opposition from Borussia Dortmund in their bid to land the £7m-rated assassin.
All three clubs have little in terms of squad depth beyond their first-choice centre-forwards.
For all Nicklas Bendtner’s continued dangerousness for Denmark he has seldom looked an acceptable understudy for Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.
Meanwhile Brendan Rodgers’ preference for fielding both Daniel Sturridge and Louis Suarez means injury or suspension to either would force Liverpool into a formation switch in order to maintain a commensurate quality of first eleven.
Nonetheless it could be that Dortmund have even more motivation to sign a new centre-forward, as the ever more likely to depart Robert Lewandowski was replaced by Marvin Ducksch, a striker more used to playing in Bundesliga III, last time he was absent from the team.
Mitroglou has scored 16 goals in 15 games across all competitions this term.
Having notched 20 times in 42 run-outs for Olympiakos last term and 19 times in 39 outings the year before that on loan at Atromitos the man they call ‘Mitrogol’ has been a highly capable goal-every-other-game performer for some time now.
However, developing a taste for firing multi-goal fusillades instead of single strikes has seen his hit-rate go through the roof in the current campaign, with no fewer than four hat-tricks swelling his match-ball collection.
Anderlecht are the highest-ranked team on UEFA’s club coefficient the Greek has notched against in 2013/14.
A note of circumspection over such a fine season is sure to be sounded by those that rightfully point out his princely haul has been amassed against foes of a less than spectacular calibre.
Champions League clashes with PSG and Benfica have seen him draw a blank, while his international goal this term came against Lichtenstein.
This may well be an acceptable quibble to signing the Olympiakos man, but when it’s considered he struck at the Emirates in Champions League action in 2012/13 and is still only 25 there is still much promise there for a man available at a far from exorbitant price.