Edinson Cavani
Arsenal are eyeing Edinson Cavani (L) and Ezequiel Lavezzi (R) if Karim Benzema deal fails.Reuters

The new edition of the English Premier League (EPL) 2015-2016 kick-started last week with Arsenal losing one out of two games. It was more or less evident that they are lacking another striking option other than Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, who was not used in the game against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Giroud showcased his goal scoring ability when he volleyed a cross from Mesut Ozil from the left flank into the left-bottom corner of the Crystal Palace nets. Arsene Wenger surely needs more striking options otherwise. Danny Welbeck is yet to recover from his injury.

The Gunners have been pursuing Real Madrid star striker Karim Benzema for quite some time now and according to reports in Telegraph.co.uk, Arsenal might just give up the chase and try and rope in Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) instead. If Benzema deal fails then they will surely have to look for other striking options and Cavani will be a perfect fit alongside Olivier Giroud. This will allow Wenger to experiment with his formations as well in the upcoming matches of the EPL.

According to reports of Metro, Cavani fell out with PSG boss Laurent Blanc last season and wants to move to Premier League for the first time. The summer transfer window will close its doors on August 31 and the clubs will have to complete their deals within the period.

The Gunners are yet to make any official bid but Cavani would cost them around £35m, which is £10m cheaper than Bernabeu star Benzema. 

"Having alternatives in any position always helps. Benzema is a great player. And one of my ideas this year is that he exceeds the barrier of 20-25 goals. In that, I have put a lot of confidence," Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez had told reporters.

The other alternative that Gunners might look into is Argentine forward from PSG, Ezequiel Lavezzi. The French giants are ready to offload the forward and can offer him to Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

"We have good strikers. Walcott was not used today and he's an exceptional striker, Welbeck is coming back, we have Alexis. We have a strong striking force. What is important is that we show team performance we have shown [against Palace]. We had some very good moments in the game and going forward, we were magnificent," Arsene Wenger was quoted as saying in Arsenal TV.

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