Arsenal are considering a summer move for Juventus strike partnership Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella. The Express believes Arsene Wenger is looking to strengthen his options up front and the Bianconieri pair, who have 15 Serie A goals between them this season, have emerged as first choice.
Antonio Conte may be open to the idea of releasing the Italian internationals, given he has Montenegrin Mirko Vucinic and will have Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente for next season; the Spain striker joins Juventus on a free transfer in the summer.
Wenger, for his part, already has German international Lukas Podolski and France's Olivier Giroud, as well as England international Theo Walcott, as his options up front. Podolski and Giroud have 20 Premier League goals and 12 assists between them this season, which is a fair return for their first season in England.
However, such has been Robin van Persie's continued brilliance with Manchester United and the goal scoring form of Liverpool's Luis Suarez, Tottenham's Gareth Bale and Swansea City's Michu, as well as a number of other forwards, that Giroud's return of 11 goals is tied for 14th on the list of top scorers this season; the highest scorer for Arsenal is Santi Cazorla, with 12. Arsenal have scored 65 goals this season and only Chelsea and United have more but those have come from an assortment of players rather than one central goal scorer.
Evans: RVP's Move Has Paid Off
Meanwhile, United defender Jonny Evans has claimed van Persie's decision to swap the Emirates for Old Trafford was the right one. Sir Alex Ferguson's men secured a record 20th league title after beating Aston Villa 3-0. The former Gunner scored all three goals.
"He [Van Persie] came here because of his respect for the philosophy of the club and it's paid off for him. You can tell by the way he plays and his whole demeanour that he is really enjoying things here. He was captain of Arsenal and obviously a very mature person and very respectful guy - he's got a bit of an aura about him and has settled in brilliantly," Evans told the club Web site.