Arsenal bounced back from their disappointing opening day defeat by taking a commanding lead in their Champions League play off tie with Fenerbache.
The Gunners will go in to next week’s second leg at the Emirates with a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and an Olivier Giroud penalty.
The result will prove a brief respite for manager Arsene Wenger, who has been under pressure after failing to bring in any major signings so far this summer.
The club have now been linked with a move for Real Madrid pair Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria, the Mail Online understands.
It is thought that Carlo Ancelotti would be willing to part company with Benzema despite the club having a shortage of recognised centre forwards, while Di Maria is set to become surplus to requirements should Gareth Bale complete his world record move to the Bernabeu.
Meanwhile, Wenger has admitted that the clubs pursuit of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is over, according to the Guardian.
Arsenal have seen two bids for the Uruguay international rejected by the Merseyside club earlier in the transfer window, and will now turn their attention elsewhere as opposed to tabling a third bid for the controversial striker.