The trail of Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata has long since ran cold for Arsenal, but in their protracted pursuit of the Spanish starlet it appears they’ve uncovered a fresh target.
Valencia’s Francisco Alcacer is the individual in question, a player Arsene Wenger likes the look of so much he’s reportedly had scouts watch him four times in the past month.
Minus half of their midfield, the Gunners make the short journey to White Hart Lane in their next outing to face local foes Tottenham, a game they’re priced at 7/5 to win.
Wenger is desperate to bolster his strike force this summer, with Olivier Giroud likely to be the only recognised first-team frontman on the books once the season concludes.
He regards the 20-year-old as a star of the future he can obtain with less fuss than the Real prodigy he has so strenuously tried to acquire in the past.
Alcacer has plundered nine goals for Los Che so far, including the winner in a 3-2 victory over Barcelona in the Nou Camp, as well as laying on a further two for his teammates.
Having represented Spain at every level up to Under-21, the pedigree of the fledgling forward is unquestionable and he would be a welcome addition to the lightweight Arsenal attack.
Shorn of the bulk of its providers, the same attack will need to be at its sharpest if the team are to win their first Premier League game at the Lane since 2007.
This run accounts for five visits and in only one of those have they managed to net more than one goal, losing three of the previous four 2-1.
With the majority of Giroud’s supply lines cut off ahead of this trip, it’s unlikely the north Londoners will be able to sink more than one again this time around.
A price of 8/5 says that Arsenal hassle Spurs’ scoreboard operator just the once in the derby and it’s well worth entertaining.