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Arsenal have clear advantage in Victor Boniface transfer negotiations but face stumbling block

The transfer window is now open and Arsenal are starting to look at options to bolster Mikel Arteta’s squad. One of the areas of the pitch they may look to strengthen is the forward line.

Despite a below par performance at Fulham, Arsenal’s defence has been up there with the best in the Premier League this season. When it comes to the other end of the pitch though, they have been found severely lacking. They are only eighth when it comes to the highest scorers in the division.
It’s what it is,” Arteta said of his side’s inefficiency in front of goal. “We have to try to generate. If we don’t score with 30 shots, then we have to do 50 or 60 to try to score. That’s the only thing. I can’t imagine a game where we have more touches in the box, more dominance and less situations for the opponent against a really good West Ham side. Today, though, it wasn’t enough to win the game.”
Unsurprisingly Arsenal are now scanning the market for potential forward additions in January. Ivan Toney is among the most heavily linked players, although it is unlikely that Brentford will want to sell. The Bees currently have Bryan Mbeumo and Kevin Schade out injured, with Neal Maupay, Yoane Wissa and Keane Lewis-Potter their only fit options up top. With that in mind the Gunners may be better suited looking elsewhere if they are to bring a forward in in January.
One of the names they may want to look at is Victor Boniface. Reports on Tuesday have suggested that Arsenal are tracking the Nigerian forward who has been outstanding for Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen.
With 16 goals in 23 appearances this season, he has proved himself as a capable finisher. Arteta wants so much more than goals from his number nine though, and the eight assists he has registered will certainly be of interest. To add to that Leverkusen play a similar style under Xabi Alonso to what Arsenal do under Arteta. It’s easy to see how he could fit in at the Emirates Stadium.
There would of course be negatives. Boniface has struggled with two ACL injuries in recent seasons, and at the age of just 23 that will be a concern. There is also said to be competition from Chelsea and other clubs around Europe for the Nigerian.

football.london understands, however, that Boniface is an Arsenal fan. This could give the Gunners a huge advantage when it comes to a potential transfer deal.

 

It may be a move that has to wait until the summer if it goes ahead though. Leverkusen are leading the way in the Bundesliga title race and will not want to give up their best striker. Although there is no sell-on fee that the German side have to adhere to, they would likely also want a significant fee for the Nigerian who is one of the most prolific players in Europe’s top five leagues this season. Any fee would likely be a hefty one as a result, and given Arsenal’s current financial limitations it would be a difficult move to get over the line this month.

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