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15th Aug, 2016 | 6:56pm

Reliable journalist details Arsenal striker pursuit, shares when deal could happen

By Alex Taylor

Arsenal could sign a striker in the final days of the transfer window, according to a reliable journalist.

Gazzetta Dello Sport and Tribal Football journalist Emmanuele Giulianelli claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday afternoon that the Gunners are not close to landing a new forward.

But the transfer expert claimed there could still be an attacking arrival before the 31 August transfer window cut-off.

Giulianelli first broke the news of Arsenal’s interest in defender Shkodran Mustafi and has delivered regular updates on the club’s transfer plans over the last month.

Giulianelli believes a deal could still go through even though manager Arsene Wenger appeared to deliver a U-turn last Friday when he said the Gunners were no longer in the market for a striker.

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Arsenal been linked to a number of high-profile new forwards in the current transfer window, including Alexandre Lacazette, Mauro Icardi and Jamie Vardy, who snubbed the London giants to sign a new Leicester deal.

The Gunners have also had a bid of £29.5million rejected by Lyon for Lacazette as Wenger looks to add firepower to his misfiring front-line before the window shut.

Arsenal kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 4-3 loss to Liverpool on Sunday, when Alexis Sanchez spearheaded the attack in the absence of the unavailable Olivier Giroud.

In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners are closing in on the signing of Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia.