Arsenal are said to have joined Manchester United in the race for Krylia Sovetov striker Aleksandr Sobolev, according to The Sun.

It might come as a surprise to the Gunners fans that they are lining up a move for another attacking player, when it seems obvious to the average person that it is their defence that is crying out for reinforcement, but nevertheless that appears to be the direction the Londoners are heading in.

Sobolev heads the Russian scoring charts this term with 10 goals in 12 matches for his club, a record that has seen the 22-year-old called up for Russia international duty for the first time this week, and which has also attracted the attention of Arsenal.

The Gunners are fairly well stocked in the attacking department, although the ongoing injury concern to Alexandre Lacazette has opened up the possibility that they could end up short of numbers in that area of the park in the second half of the campaign, so a move to plug any void should be commended.

Sobolev is rated at around the £15 million mark by his club, which would make him an attractive target for many clubs, not least Arsenal.

While Unai Emery has sent scouts to watch the forward, he is not the only Premier League manager interested in the services of the tall striker.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also has an interest in taking the Arsenal target to Manchester United, and it could be that the two clubs fight it out for him when the transfer window opens up in January.

The Red Devils’ need for a focal point to their attack would appear to be much stronger than the Gunners’, so if Emery can lure the Russian to the Emirates Stadium, it would be a key signing for so many reasons.

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