Have Arsenal finally found Alexis Sanchez replacement with reported swoop for Gelson Martins?

Gelson Martins of Sporting Lisbon reacts during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Sporting Lisbon and Viktoria Plzen at Estadio Jose Alvalade on March 8, 2018 in...

Arsenal are reportedly keen on signing the Sporting Lisbon ace.

Unai Emery, head coach of PSG looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid at Parc des Princes on March 6, 2018 in...

Arsenal boss Unai Emery faces a vitally important summer transfer window ahead of him, if he is to stand any chance whatsoever of leading his side to an improved Premier League campaign next term.

According to Portuguese media outlet O Jogo, the Gunners are lining up a summer swoop for Sporting Lisbon ace Gelson Martins, and what a signing he could turn out to be for them, if they manage to get a deal for the Portuguese over the line.

Former Arsenal ace Alexis Sanchez left the Emirates for Manchester United in January, and despite the fact that the north Londoners acquired the services of Henrikh Mkhitaryan in return, they were undoubtedly weakened after the Chilean's exit.

Lucas Digne of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Gelson Martins of Sporting CP during the UEFA Champions League group D match between FC Barcelona and Sporting CP at Camp Nou on...

And Martins, 23, could be just the man just the man to fill the void left behind by the mercurial South American.

The Portugal international is a lively operator, and possesses the kind of ability needed to change the course of a match in an instant.

Martins produced an extremely productive campaign for Sporting last season, chipping in with 13 goals and 13 assists in 52 appearances in all competitions, and it is exactly that kind of attacking output that the Gunners have missed since Sanchez's exit from north London.

Denis Suarez of FC Barcelona conducts the ball past Gelson Martins of Sporting CP during the UEFA Champions League group D match between FC Barcelona and Sporting CP at Camp Nou on...

He is incredibly quick off the mark, possesses exceptional technical ability, and plays with a certain type of directness that would offer Unai Emery something completely different in the final third.

Whilst  the Portuguese is certainly not yet at Sanchez's level, he most definitely has the potential to go on and match the Chile international's quality, and if the Gunners manage to bring him to north London this summer, it could turn out to be fantastic business for them.

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