Arsenal issued hands off warning by Standard Liege

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The Belgian side have admitted there is interest from the Gunners in Michy Batshuayi, but that they won’t sell the star this season.

Arsenal’s search for an addition striker to take some of the workload off Olivier Giroud has seen the north London side linked with Belgian starlet Michy Batshuayi.

The 20-year-old forward has been in scintillating form for Standard Liege this season, with the Gunners thought to be keeping tabs on the prospect with a January bid in mind.

However, Liege president Roland Duchtelet has stated that Arsenal may well be interested in the forward, but the Belgian side have no inclination of selling their prize asset.

“What’s new is Arsenal’s interest in Michy,” he told Het Laatste Nieuws.

“They are one of the many clubs who follow our striker. But we do not intend to let Michy go this season.”

The in-form striker made his senior debut for Liege in 2011 and has gone on to become a key member of the Belgian side’s first team.

This season he has been in excellent form, scoring 12 goals in 17 appearances domestically, and also netting twice in the Europa League.

The centre forward has also represented his nation at under-21 level, scoring five goals in 11 games.

Batshuayi is another prodigious talent coming out of Belgium and it appears that his long-term future will be in one of Europe’s major leagues.

However, it appears that Arsene Wenger may well have to look elsewhere for a striker target in the January transfer window.

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