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Ian Wright doesn’t believe 27-year-old striker will sign for Arsenal in January

Ian Wright has questioned why Brentford would sell a player like Ivan Toney to a Premier League rival in Arsenal this January.

The England international has been strongly linked with a move to the north London side this month, with some reports claiming that Brentford want as much as £100m for the 27-year-old

Given Arsenal’s woes in front of goal in recent weeks, a clinical striker such as Toney could be just the thing Mikel Arteta’s side need to get over this latest lull.

However, speaking on Wrighty’s House, Arsenal legend Wright made the claim that Brentford will not want to sell Toney this month with the forward set to return

Indeed, the Bees’ struggles in the Premier League means they will want to keep hold of all the firepower they can keep, and retaining Toney would be massive for Brentford.

Wright said: “I don’t think they will [sign a striker] and I’m not sure who they would get because people are talking about Ivan Toney, Brentford are going to need him back, why are they going to sell him in January

It’s pretty clear that Arsenal need a striker this month, with the Gunners showing a wastefulness in front of goal that’s becoming dangerously alarming.

And whilst Toney would be an upgrade on the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah, the 27-year-old is hardly a long-term option for Arsenal.

Moreover, at £100m, the Gunners will be breaking the bank for an attacker who hasn’t played in six months, a risk that Arteta will see as too great to take this January.

Whilst the striker market is limited, Arsenal have to remain sensible in their approach for a new leading man, and Toney just doesn’t fit the bill for the north London side.

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