Report: Arsenal interest emerges in 28-goal Bundesliga striker

  • Arsenal have entered race for Stuttgart striker Serhou Guirassy
  • Guirassy has told Stuttgart he'll leave this summer; Borussia Dortmund leading race
  • 28-year-old scored 28 Bundesliga goals last season
Arsenal have entered the race to sign Serhou Guirassy
Arsenal have entered the race to sign Serhou Guirassy / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

Arsenal have entered the race to sign Stuttgart's Serhou Guirassy, although Borussia Dortmund are currently the favourites to get ahold of the 28-goal Bundesliga striker.

Links to forwards have been all over the place this summer, with the Gunners' plan not yet clear. The club were certainly interested in RB Leipzig's Benjamin Sesko, but the 21-year-old opted to extend his contract in Saxony which ruled out an immediate move.

Viktor Gyokeres and Victor Osimhen are among the other forwards tenuously linked with a move to north London, but any move for a striker will likely arrive later on in the window. The presence of two major international tournaments this summer is set to delay any business the Gunners would like to conduct.

Sesko's decision has reportedly deterred Arsenal in the striker market, with the club seemingly content to lean on Kai Havertz next season, but Guirassy's bargain price tag may be an opportunity the Gunners can't overlook.

Arsenal join Borussia Dortmund in Serhou Guirassy race

Sky Germany's Florian Plettenberg reported on Monday that Borussia Dortmund, who have laid the groundwork to sign Guirassy, 'fear' Arsenal's emerging interest in the 28-year-old.

Guirassy scored 28 times in the Bundesliga last season as Stuttgart earned a remarkable second-place finish to secure a return to the Champions League. Despite this, the striker has told the club he wants to depart this summer, and Guirassy will be available for as little as €18m due to the release clause in his contract.

The former Rennes star has said a move to Dortmund would be of interest, while Chelsea and Milan have also been linked.

Arsenal's interest is pretty sudden, and it remains to be seen how intensely the club will pursue Guirassy. The Guinean forward proved himself to be a reliable customer in front of goal last season, but it was his first prolific campaign of his senior career. His 11-goal haul in 2022/23 was his previous best.

The 28-year-old can fashion opportunities out of nothing, capable of rotating and drifting out wide, and is able to score a variety of goals. He's proficient in the air and has worked effectively has Stuttgart's focal point over the past two years. Guirassy's not much of a linker, however, and there may be fears that 2023/24 was a one-off campaign for the Guinean star. He may be a late bloomer, but this doesn't feel like a signing Arsenal should be making, even for a bargain price, at this stage of Arteta's project.