Dusan Vlahovic snubbed! Arsenal set sights on new striking targets

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Arsenal's relentless pursuit of a new striker has reportedly taken a fresh direction. The Gunners appear to be shifting their focus away from Juventus' in-demand Serbian star, Dusan Vlahovic, and focusing instead on a pair of equally exciting talents in Viktor Gyökeres and Ollie Watkins.

For months, Arsenal seemed determined to lure Vlahovic away from Turin, but the 15-goal scorer may have lost some of his lustre in the eyes of the Premier League club's decision-makers. Whether due to price, competition, or a change in strategy, Arsenal now seem intent on bolstering their attack with a different profile of striker.

News of this potential shift will come as a relief for Juventus, whose attacking identity has been heavily reliant on Vlahovic's goals. Securing their star striker's services long-term provides them with much-needed stability as they look to challenge at the top of Serie A and in Europe.

Leading the list of potential targets for the Gunners is Swedish powerhouse Viktor Gyökeres. The Sporting CP forward has become one of Europe's hottest commodities, lighting up the Portuguese league with 18 goals and 8 assists. Gyökeres isn't just a finisher – his involvement in the attacking build-up is what makes him a truly well-rounded threat.

The second name on Arsenal's radar is Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins. This potential move has a touch of 'coming home' to it, as Watkins is a known Arsenal fan who has spoken openly about his dream to play for the club. His 16 league goals and 10 assists are a testament to his Premier League quality, and his passion for the badge could be invaluable.

Arsenal's decision will be driven by how they envision integrating their new striker. Gyökeres offers a tantalizingly high upside, but there's always risk with a player outside a top-five league. Watkins, on the other hand, is Premier League-proven and brings an emotional connection that could fuel his performances.

Arsenal fans will be glued to the news, wondering who they'll see leading the line next season. In the meantime, Juventus can rest slightly easier knowing they haven't lost their leading man - yet.