Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger will fight for Andy Najar Getty

Arsenal have been handed a massive boost in their pursuit of Anderlecht star Andy Najar after the winger came out with a plea to sign him in the summer.

The 22-year-old opened the scoring for the Belgian club in Brussels but the Gunners came back with two late goals from Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski to complete a smash and grab action on the Belgian club.

The Gunners were however undone in the reverse fixture at the Emirates, where they threw away a 3-0 lead they had secured in the first half, drawing the game 3-3 on the final whistle.

Arsenal have been a huge fan of Najar, who is rated as one of the best foreign players in the Belgian league, and have been following him since his time at MLS. Rated at £4m, Najar is also being monitored by Tottenham who had handed the player a trial in 2011 which did not work out.

However, his recent comments are unlikely to endear him to the Tottenham crowd should a move be on the cards, with the player explicitly stating his desire to join Arsenal, citing Theirry Henry as the main inspiration behind his brand of football.

"I would like to go to English football and have always had a team in England which has been my dream - Arsenal. I keep that in mind. When I was little I liked Thierry Henry and I always had this dream of reaching Arsenal," Najar said.

It will be a difficult move for the youngster given the plethora of options Arsene Wenger has at his disposal. They are also being linked with a move for Paulo Dybala to replace Theo Walcott, whose time at the Emirates is showing signs of ending.

Wenger also has Serge Gnabry, who is finally back to full fitness after spending the major part of the last couple of seasons with injuries. The young German was part of the Germany U-21 side, which drew 2-2 against England in a friendly earlier this week.