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Arsenal to battle Dortmund and Bayern Munich to try and make Napoli forward Mertens Arteta’s first transfer signing

ARSENAL are reportedly in a battle with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich for Dries Mertens.

The Napoli forward, 32, is in the final year of his contract with the Italian club and looks set to be allowed to leave.

It is incredibly unlikely he will be handed a new deal by the club, especially following the mutiny at Napoli in recent months.

Mertens was fined £145,000 after his involvement in a team revolt against the owner's plan to send them on a training retreat to improve results.

And now according to Calciomercato, the three clubs are ready to fight it out to land the Belgian attacker.

It is understood he may even be available for as little as £8.5million in January due to his short contract.

If Arsenal do manage to land Mertens early in the January transfer window, he could become Mikel Arteta's first signing.

The former Gunners captain, 37, was confirmed as the new head coach at the Emirates on Friday, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal.

He watched from the stands at Goodison Park on Saturday as his new side played out a 0-0 draw.

And there will be plenty of thinking to do when he gets to work with his squad.

Ex-Arsenal man Kevin Campbell, though, believes Arteta needs to make TEN new signings.

Campbell told SunSport: "Arsenal need ten players.

"I'm not saying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out or Alexandre Lacazette out but that squad needs ten players minimum."

Beyond the attacking pair, Campbell believes only Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, Nicolas Pepe and Matteo Guendouzi represent anything remotely exciting for Arteta to work with.

And struggling to recognise his former club, he added: "It's such a weak Arsenal team. It's just not Arsenal.

"The club, the feeling and the way people are operating is dysfunctional and the fans are not seeing what they want to see on the pitch.

"The defence don't know what the midfield are doing and the midfield don't know what the attack are doing.

"There has to be a ruthless streak coming in with Arteta now and if he has got to cull players then so be it."

Arsenal fans outside the Emirates give their verdict on new manager Mikel Arteta