Alvaro Morata
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Alvaro Morata's absence in Real Madrid's 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid has increased the speculation about the striker's potential move to Arsenal in the summer, with reports in Spain claiming last week that the forward has already agreed personal terms to move to the Emirates Stadium.

It was one of the most important La Liga games for Los Blancos and manager Carlo Ancelotti's decision to leave Morata out of the squad, a sign of his lack of confidence in the young striker.

The Real Madrid striker was close to move to the Emirates on loan during the January transfer window but the Italian boss blocked his exit claiming that Morata was his only real back-up for Karim Benzema.

However, with Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and the French striker immovable up-front, the Italian manager has opted to use winger Jese Rodriguez as a central striker or even playmaker Isco as a false nine ahead of Morata.

He has not started a game in La Liga since October and he has been unused substitute for Real in eight of the club's last 11 domestic league games.

Ancelotti looks unlikely to oppose to his exit in the summer as he did last January, as Real are reportedly interesting in signing another striker in the summer, with Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao all on their shopping-list.

Meanwhile, Wenger has earmarked signing a striker Arsenal's top priority for the summer, with Olivier Giroud the only first team forward available.

Apart from the 21-yeard-old Real starlet, the Gunners have been linked with Diego Costa and Jackson Martinez but Morata's desire to leave his side make him the most affordable option.