Alvaro Morata

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has agreed a deal in principle to join Arsenal on a six month loan deal in January, according to Spanish Radio Station Onda Cero.

The 21-year-old has failed to make the starting line-up on a regular basis at Madrid and is thereby willing to make the move to England so as to raise his chances to make the World Cup squad travelling to Brazil in 2014.

The presence of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, all capable of playing in an offensive position, has kept his appearances down to mere substitutions.

The striker has made only one start in the La Liga this season, followed by nine appearances from the bench, scoring two goals in the process.

His performance in the UEFA U21 World Cup brought him to the fore, where he scored four goals and assisted two in only two starts for Spain.

His arrival at the Emirates will be a major boost for Arsene Wenger who is looking for a back-up to Olivier Giroud while unwilling to spend big in January.

His pace and prolificacy in front of goal will put the pressure off Olivier Giroud who has been their main man up front thus far.

Wenger has also been boosted by the return of Theo Walcott and is closely monitoring Lukas Podolski who is scheduled to return later this month.

The Gunners are currently top of the league with 31 points, four ahead of their closest rivals Chelsea as they approach a busy schedule in December. Meanwhile, the Frenchman is revelling after the performance of Aaron Ramsey who has been in brilliant form this season, scoring goals for fun and has already acquired eight goals in the league, more than any other midfielder.

When asked about Ramsey reaction after scoring a brace against his former club Cardiff, Wenger said, "I believe he's happy that he won the game, that he came back and played well.

"But as well he has shown respect for Wales and I have a big respect for the crowd who appreciated that You go to a lot of games and you don't see that a lot. Usually people get booed when they score against their [old] team. The crowd deserves to be man of the match."