Wenger to boost Arsenal attack with move for Spain striker Lopez

Arsene Wenger is already lining up his January transfer business, according to the Daily Mail, as the Arsenal manager prepares to bolster his attacking options with the £15m signing of Adrian Lopez, the Atletico Madrid and Spain striker.

The Mail adds that Wenger is in the market for a forward after acknowledging that he has not properly replaced Robin van Persie, the former Gunners captain and last year’s Premier League top scorer who moved to Manchester United this past summer.

Wenger signed two new strikers to compensate for the loss of van Persie, Germany international Lukas Podolski and France representative Olivier Giroud, but the newspaper believes the manager is in search of extra firepower to maintain Arsenal’s strong start to the season.

Gervinho, the Ivory Coast winger signed from Lille last year, has also been used as a centre-forward this season but the newspaper suggests that is more of a stop-gap, with Wenger drawing up a shortlist of players to fill the role on a long-term basis.

A transfer war chest of £35m is said by the Mail to be available to Wenger and he seems set to spend a large portion of it on Lopez, who will be watched by an Arsenal scout this weekend when Atletico play Real Sociedad. Other potential options for Wenger are Lopez’s compatriot Fernando Llorente and Fiorentina and Montenegro forward Stevan Jovetic, the Mail continues.

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