Arsenal target watch: Goals galore for watched strikers

Goal Busted Net

Nurnberg, Atletico Madrid, Marseille, PSV and FC Porto stars involved.

Arsenal were able to gain a valuable point against Manchester City at the weekend, and although many believe the title is still out of their reach, it will no doubt prove to be a decisive point for them at the end of the season. Especially as the top four race continues heat up.

Now, however, when it comes to talk of Premier League glory, many Gooners have their eyes on next season. So, in preparation for the summer transfer window, we have cast our eyes over players reportedly on Arsenal's wishlist over the weekend.

Josip Drmic - One goal.

The 21-year-old found himself as the most talked about Arsenal transfer target over the weekend, with some reports even suggesting it was a done deal, although these were later denied by the player himself.

At the weekend, he came up against another Arsenal target, Matthias Ginter,  in a highly-anticipated relegation battle between his side Nurnberg and Ginter's Freiberg.

Despite producing the better performance, it was Ginter who came away happiest after Freiburg picked up a very valuable three-points, leaving Nurnberg and Drmic in a mess. Nurnberg now sit just two points and one place away from the bottom three, although they do have a worse goal difference than the two sides currently below them.

Diego Costa - One goal.

Atletico Madrid's frontman was once again on target, taking his goalscoring run into its fifth game. The match at Bilbao proved to be a tightly contested match, with Atletico holding up against some heavy Bilbao pressure.

Diego Costa netted the first Atletico goal within the half-hour mark, cancelling out Spanish under-21 attacker Iker Muniain's opener. Manchester United target Koke scored Atletico Madrid's second, which proved to be the deciding goal.

Nicolas N'Koulou - One goal, one assist.

Marseille's talented defender was found showing off his attacking prowess at the weekend, netting an important last-minute equaliser against relegation threatened Sochaux.

Not only did he prove pivotal through his last minute goal, he was also constantly challenged defensively, in which he more than matched his opponent. He finished the game with 7 clearances, 4 tackles and one goals, arguably the best defensive contribution out of any player on the pitch.

Memphis Depay - One goal.

The most impressive performance from an Arsenal target at the weekend, came from PSV Eindhoven attacker Memphis Depay.

The 20-year-old ran riot against Groningen, however, he couldn't force the issue and was left wondering how he was on the losing side. The Dutch international had eight shots on goal, four on target and created two goalscoring opportunities, much more than anyone else on the pitch, but in the end it counted for nothing. His early goal proving to be little more than a consolation as Groningen won 3-2.

Jackson Martinez - One goal.

Colombian frontman Jackson Martinez found himself back on the scoresheet at the weekend, nevertheless, he couldn't prevent his team from a damning 2-1 defeat to fifth placed Nacional.

Martinez scored a much needed equaliser in the first minute of the second-half,  owever, just two minutes after he had been celebrating, Nacional found themselves back in front thanks to Mario Rondon. The home side held on until the end, condemning Martinez and Porto to a third loss in their last 6 games. 

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