Former Arsenal target Michy Batshuayi scores on Belgium debut

The Marseille striker, who was linked to the Gunners in the summer, made his international debut and scored against Cyprus.

Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for up-and-coming striker Michy Batshuayi in the summer, with the centre forward stating in 2013 that the Gunners were his dream club.

The 21-year-old opted for a switch to Ligue 1 side Marseille instead of joining the Emirates Stadium outfit and has been starting to make a name for himself in France.

Batshuayi has netted eight goals in the Stade Velodrome club’s title push this season and has been rewarded for positive performances by a call-up to the senior Belgium squad.

In his nation’s 5-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Cyprus last night, the 21-year-old came off the bench to score on his debut for Marc Wilmots’ men, similar to what Tottenham's Harry Kane did for England on Friday night.

Premier League stars Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard and Christian Benteke also got on the scoresheet for their country.

Belgium trail Wales by three points in Group B but have a game in hand over Chris Coleman’s men.

Arsenal will feel that not moving for Batshuayi could well have been a mistake, but Olivier Giroud’s improved form of late could well have an impact on Arsene Wenger’s summer transfer plans.

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