Arsenal 'could make' ruthless transfer decision on first-team man amid FFP barrier to striker targets

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Arsenal could make a ruthless decision in January to help finance their pursuit of a striker.

Arsenal are widely reported to be in the market for an elite striker to fire them to their first league title in 20 years. The Gunners currently have Gabriel Jesus, Kai Havertz and Eddie Nketiah fighting it out for a place in the starting line-up. 

The trio have scored a combined total of five goals between them in the opening 14 games and it is believed that Mikel Arteta is targeting someone with a greater output in terms of goals.

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Arsenal were amongst the biggest spenders in the summer transfer window and reports from Football Transfers explain that the North London club are currently on the border of the Financial Fair Play regulations, which essentially means that the club will be forced to sell someone before buying if they are to avoid a similar fate to that of Everton.

The outlet claims that Arteta has identified Eddie Nketiah as a potential player that he is willing to sacrifice in order to fund his potential targets. The 24-year-old graduated from the Arsenal academy in 2017 and has been apart of the first team in all of the last four seasons after a short loan spell at Leeds United.

The striker, who made his England debut this year, is the joint top scorer this season, with five in 14, along with Bukayo Saka, but is seen as the most dispensable of the trio of forwards, according to reports.

Overall, Nketiah has scored 19 goals in 103 league appearances, although many of these appearances have come from the subs bench.

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The forward's potential exit comes amid reports of a potential move for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, along with other high profile strikers such as Benjamin Sesko of RB Leipzig, Dusan Vlahovic of Juventus and Ivan Toney of Brentford.

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