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Arsenal reportedly failed with £15.8m summer bid for 'extremely talented' striker

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There was a period last summer when it looked like Arsenal would sell Alexandre Lacazette to Atletico Madrid or Juventus. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future was also up in the air and the Gunners had an eye on the market for a new striker.

Both Laca and Auba ended up staying and Arsenal’s need for a new number nine was thus eliminated. However, Edu apparently made a move for a player who had terrorised Manchester United in the Europa League last season.

Sport Bild (via Fussball Transfers) claim today that Arsenal had a £15.8 million bid rejected by Club Brugge for Emmanuel Dennis in last summer’s transfer window.

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The Nigerian, labelled an ‘extremely talented, fast, technical and strong’ player by his compatriot Sunday Olise, was pushing for a move away from Belgium, but things didn’t quite work out for him.

That created a rift between him and his club and he barely had any luck in the first half of the season as a result. To sort things out, Brugge sent him out on loan last month to German side Koln, who are fighting to stay in the Bundesliga.

Dennis has just two goals in 16 appearances in all competitions this season. He will end up going back to Brugge at this rate, which really is a shame considering how highly he was rated in the summer.

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Arsenal dodged a bullet

Mikel Arteta’s attackers aren’t firing to their full capacity just yet but he will surely be glad that his side saved close to £16 million last summer.

Dennis might still turn out to be an incredible player in the future, but this season – for whatever reason – has shown that he isn’t quite ready to make a jump to a club as big as Arsenal.

The Gunners will likely be on the market for a new number nine in the summer. It is safe to say, we won’t be going in with a bid for Dennis again – unless he somehow manages to score 15 goals from now until the end of the season.

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