Mikel Arteta has identified the Everton talisman as his next main transfer target as the Spaniard looks to rectify some of the issues Arsenal have had going forward this season
However, a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo ensured the Gunners made the long trip back to north London without anything to show for their efforts.
As a result, Arsenal spurned a glorious chance to enter the top four for the first time this season while also allowing rivals behind them to make ground.
The January transfer window is very nearly among us and Gunners boss Arteta could look at the standard of performance at Old Trafford as a reason to try and bolster his options come the turn of the year.
With that being said, here is Mirror Sport’s Arsenal transfer round-up for Saturday, December 4.
Arsenal eye Everton star Calvert-Lewin
Toffees talisman Dominic Calvert-Lewin has long been a name touted with a move to the Emirates, but the rumour mill has gone into overdrive in recent days.
Having been first targeted in the summer, Arsenal’s need to strengthen elsewhere mixed with Calvert-Lewin’s international commitments made securing his signature too difficult.
However, with Everton struggling desperately under Rafael Benitez – Calvert-Lewin could look to venture elsewhere very soon.
As per the Mirror, Arteta is on the prowl for a replacement for the soon-to-be departed Alexandre Lacazette, who is not expected to have his contract renewed.
While Everton would expect at least £60m for their star-man, Arsenal are likely to just about have the finances to cover one major deal after a summer of heavy spending.
Gunners set to continue Lille love-in
Clearly not content with raiding Ligue 1 outfit Lille of both Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Magalhaes, Arsenal are planning on returning for striker Jonathan David.
The Canada international is currently the leading scorer in France, as well as being a self-confessed Arsenal admirer.
“European clubs made me dream,” he told L’Equipe earlier this year.
At just 21-years of age, David certainly fits Arteta’s ideal profile of younger talent.
The Evening Standard report that Arsenal could look to make a move for David providing their fail to entice Calvert-Lewin to the Emirates.
Gunners academy boss coy on Balogun loan
After scoring a hatful of goals in the Gunners U-23’s, including a hat-trick in his last appearance, Balogun is still finding first-team football hard to come by at Arsenal.
In turn, the 20-year-old striker has been linked with a loan move to ensure he gets sufficient minutes at senior level under his belt.
Arsenal Under-23s boss Kevin Betsy has backed Balogun to become a top-class striker, but has conceded any decision over a potential loan is up to those at the top of the club’s hierarchy.
“That’s a decision that comes from the club,” Betsy told The Athletic.
“Every player’s journey is different whether it’s to stay at the club and develop with the under-23s and then push for the first team or go on loan like Emile (Smith Rowe, who was sent out on loan to both RB Leipzig and Huddersfield Town) did.
“His development is there for all to see. He’s scoring goals, making goals, being a threat. Today he’s playing against senior players and deals with it.
“There’s no doubt in my mind about Flo’s level and competency to be a top-class striker in the future and we’re all behind him and supporting him to try to get better.”