Arsenal looking to bolster attacking options with Italian international - report

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According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Arsenal have joined the race to sign Torino forward Alessio Cerci.

The Gunners have performed two late miracles so far this season, with Aaron Ramsey's injury time winner defeating Crystal Palace on the opening day of the campaign, whilst Olivier Giroud's 90th minute header earned Arsene Wenger's side a draw against Everton this weekend.

Arsenal supporters have been crying out for a new striker despite the arrival of Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez, and now Wenger looks set to make a move for a new forward after Olivier Giroud was sidelined for around three months with injury - but the player in question isn't a centre forward.

Torino star Alessio Cerci enjoyed a stunning season last term, hitting 13 goals in 36 Serie A games on his way to becoming one of the star attacking players in Italy and earning a place in Cesare Prandelli's World Cup squad this summer.

The likes AC Milan and Atletico Madrid have been leading the race for his signature so far, with a €20m fee believed to be on his head - but now, reports suggest that Arsenal have now lined up Cerci as a potential new addition, thought will have to outbid both Milan and Atletico in order to land him.

The left footed forward has pace, dribbling ability, technique and an eye for goal, and could be a replacement for Lukas Podolski, who has been linked with moves to Italy with Juventus, Napoli and Roma.

The speculation may mean that Alexis Sanchez will continue as a centre forward despite his quiet display against Everton at weekend, with Cerci usually playing out wide or behind a lone striker - as he did to devastating effect with Torino alongside Ciro Immobile last season.

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