Arsenal target Ivan Toney scores hat-trick in behind-closed-doors game
Posted by  badge Boss on Jan 06
Ivan Toney is Arsenal’s No.1 target in the January transfer window (Picture: Getty)

transfer target registered a hat-trick for Brentford in a behind-closed-doors game on Saturday ahead of his return to the top-flight.

Toney is currently  but his suspension is set to end on January 17.

That means that he is eligible for Brentford’s clash against Nottingham Forest on January 20 and Arsenal will be keeping an close eye on the English striker .

With that in mind, Toney, who is able to play in behind-closed-doors games while he is still banned, impressively scored thee goals as Brentford’s B team defeated Southampton U23s 5-1 on Saturday.

But Arsenal face a battle to bring the 27-year-old to the Emirates this month with .

That may rule out a switch to north London .

Arsenal legend Paul Merson, though, .

Mikel Arteta recently tempered expectations for the January window (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta recently tempered expectations for the January transfer window, .

‘We are open in the transfer market but again the emphasis is on making the most out of the players that we have,’ the Spaniard said. ‘We will work together with the club to understand whether there are any possibilities and if we have any good options, but first of all focus on the players that we have.’

Pressed further on whether the club may do no business at all, Arteta added: ‘That is a possibility.’