Arsenal weighing up summer move for Ligue 1 forward

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Arsenal are weighing up a summer move for FC Lorient’s £9m-rated striker Alexis Claude-Maurice as Unai Emery seeks to strengthen his offensive options for next campaign.

The North London club are heavily reliant on Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who between them plundered 35 of the Gunners 73 Premier League goals this season.

Beyond French and Gabon international forwards, though, the Gunners attacking options are sparse, particularly with Danny Welbeck set to depart from the Emirates Stadium at the end of his current next month.

Emery is also believed to be operating under a strict summer transfer budget and that allied to the Gunners threadbare options in upfront have led to him considering Claude-Maurice.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a productive season in French second-tier founding back of the net 14 times in 35 appearences, predominantly from a wide striker position.

Claude-Maurice broke into the Lorient first-team last campaign and has also represented France at U20 level.

Norwich City that has secured promotion to the English top-tier have also been credited with a strong interaction in Claude-Maurice as they seek to assemble a squad capable of stay in the division.

While Claude-Maurice is not a household name just yet, the Gunners signing of his ex-teammate at Lorient Mateo Guendouzi last summer proved to be a masterstroke.

Tipped to be a signing for the future rather than the present upon his arrival, French midfielder, Guendouzi has ended up playing 46 games in all competitions and could well feature against the Blues in the Europa League final later this month.

The Gunners have been rumoured with a host of players since the campaign ended and are believed to be intensifying their efforts to secure the services of Gremio defender Walter Kannemann.