Arsenal have made an offer for Udinese striker Duvan Zapata, claims president

Duvan Zapata

Arsenal’s search for a striker is continuing and the Gunners have now been freshly linked with Udinese striker Duvan Zapata.

The Express have reported that Udinese president Franco Soldati claimed that Arsenal are interested in the services of the Colombian forward and have made an offer for him, amidst interest from other clubs.

“There is a clause that allows Napoli to recall him early from the two-year loan,” Soldati told Radio Kiss Kiss. “He is very happy in Udine, his agent said that too, and I hope he can remain with our jersey.

“He also received many offers from abroad, including from Arsenal. However, first we want Coach Beppe Iachini to get to know the team so they can make shared decisions.

The 25-year-old is midway through his two year loan from at Udinese from Napoli . He scored 8 goals in 25 appearances in the Serie A last season but was sidelined for much of the season due to injury.

The first team chances have been rare to come by at Napoli for Zapata majorly due to the presence of Gonzalo Higuain, which prompted the forward to opt for a loan spell.

The Colombian has continued to impress with his pace at Udinese, but his goal scoring ability is still on the weaker side.

Following Giroud’s performance last term and Welbeck’s long term injury, I feel Arsenal need a well experienced striker to take over the goal scoring burden.

The Gunners are looking to sign a striker this summer and have been heavily linked with Juventus’ Alvaro Morata but it seems Wenger doesn’t want to take the risk of putting all our eggs in one basket and the club’s hierarchy are weighing up other options that may fit in.

The fans are excited with the capture of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchegladbach but are still desperate to see the frontline blostered.

With Danny Welbeck’s nine-month absence due to injury and Olivier Giroud inconsistency, the Gunners are in need of more options at the front.

However, Zapata might not really fit in. He has scored just 23 goals in 78 games in all competitions in his last three seasons in Italy.

He does not look the type of striker that can lift Arsenal. A more consistent striker should be brought in if we really to go for the Premier League title next season.

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