After a year without European football, Arsenal will return to the continental competition next season.

The north London club were in the driving seat to qualify for the Champions League, before a slip up towards the end of the 2021/22 campaign saw them finish fifth.

With that, Arsenal secured a place in the Europa League, while their local rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, beat them to fourth spot.

With the conclusion of the season, the Gunners will focus on the summer window, in which they will need to bring in a new striker.

Corriere del Mezzogiorno explain that Arsenal, ‘before suffering the mocking overtake of Tottenham’ for fourth spot, had ‘tested the ground’ to sign Napoli star Victor Osimhen. They did with so an intention of giving Mikel Arteta an ‘international level striker’. 

The Serie A side made it clear that a ‘shock proposal’ in excess of €100m [around €110-120m] is needed for them to consider the Nigeria international’s sale.

Due to Napoli’s high demands, the Premier League side have now shifted their focus to Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus.

Pep Guardiola’s man has a deal until 2023 and will be a much cheaper option than Osimhen for Arsenal this summer.