10 goals already: Arsenal scout in-form striker as January replacement for Welbeck

Sevilla's French forward Wissam Ben Yedder (C) controls the ball between Espanyol's Spanish defender Mario Hermoso (L) and Espanyol's Spanish midfielder David Lopez during the Spanish league football match between Sevilla FC and RCD Espanyol at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on November 11, 2018. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP / Getty Images)
Sevilla's French forward Wissam Ben Yedder (C) controls the ball between Espanyol's Spanish defender Mario Hermoso (L) and Espanyol's Spanish midfielder David Lopez during the Spanish league football match between Sevilla FC and RCD Espanyol at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on November 11, 2018. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP / Getty Images)

Arsenal have been ‘keeping tabs’ on Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder this season, and they’re reportedly considering a move for the Frenchman as a Danny Welbeck replacement in January.

CalcioMercato write that Ben Yedder has caught the eye of the Arsenal scouting team with his strong start to the season, and the price tag would be more reasonable than some of the other in-form strikers in Europe.

The Express add that Unai Emery has been tracking the 28-year-old’s performances and ‘could be tempted’ to make a January move.

Ben Yedder has 10 goals and five assists for the season already, in just 17 appearances. He’s averaging a goal contribution per game in La Liga, and he’s already scored against Real Madrid and assisted against Barcelona in that run.

This is far from the first time we’ve heard about Arsenal interest in Ben Yedder. The Gunners reportedly attempted to sign the Sevilla man before he even moved to Spain.

When the 5’7″ forward left Toulouse in 2016, the manager of the Ligue 1 side told the media: “He could have gone to Arsenal, who are one of the best. But Sevilla are also a big club and I think La Liga is perfect for him, because he is a technical player and very attacking.”

Ben Yedder joined Sevilla just after Emery left the club, so there’s no crossover there. However, perhaps the Arsenal boss could help negotiations, as he already has a personal connection to the club. We’ll see.