Arsenal prepare Armando Broja transfer as Gabriel Martinelli prepares for new role under Arteta

Arsenal are monitoring Armando Broja ahead of the summer transfer window after missing his January transfer targets, football.london understand.

The Gunners failed to strengthen their squad in January despite pursuing a deal for Dusan Vlahovic, who joined Italian giants Juventus at the end of the window.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has left the club by mutual consent while Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah have been the subject of speculation due to their contracts expiring this summer.

Broja, 20, has impressed at Southampton this season after being loaned out by Chelsea.

He scored seven goals in all competitions for Saints and remains highly admired by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal will dive into the transfer market this summer as they seek to sign a new striker, central midfielder and right-back.

Meanwhile, Gabriel Martinelli has starred as a No.9 during training sessions at London Colney as speculation continues over the Brazilian’s future long-term position.

The 20-year-old has made 21 appearances so far this season and registered seven goals and recently admitted he wants to wear the now vacant No.14 shirt made famous by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

“The one I really like and think he’s going to be the best is Martinelli,” Jack Wilshere said in a recent interview with Arsenal’s official website.

“I think what the manager has done with him is also genius.

“When I first went there he was training, advancing, not playing much, but training very well and I thought, ‘He’s going to have a chance here’ and he finally got his chance. and he was brilliant.”

Martinelli joined Arsenal from Ituano in 2019 and has become a key player for Arteta’s side this season.

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