The Italian, who previously said he would consider his Roma future next summer due to a lack of game time, has welcomed speculation linking him with a switch to the Gunners


Roma striker Mattia Destro says he is delighted to be linked with a move to Arsenal and believes such rumours are evidence of his growing ability.

The Italy international, who was overlooked for a place in Antonio Conte’s latest Azzurri squad, has scored a Serie A goal every 127 minutes this season – a strike rate only Alexis Sanchez has bettered for the Gunners.

And the 23-year-old, who has previously stated he is considering his future in Rome, welcomed speculation linking him with a club like Arsenal, though insists there is plenty he can still learn from current coach Rudi Garcia.

When asked about a potential move to north London, Destro is quoted in Tuttosport: “The Arsenal rumours are good, I’m happy with them. This is the proof that I’m doing my work well.

“There are so many things that I can improve on. I must never stop and continue to learn new things.

“The coach encourages me a lot, he is teaching me some things, and I try to show my skills on the pitch, as well as the confidence he has in me.”

Destro has scored 22 goals in 49 Serie A appearances since joining Roma but has struggled for game time this term and was urged to improve his character by Garcia earlier this season – a comment which caused the Italian forward to question his position at the club.

“It’s right that the coach makes his decisions,” Destro told Gazzetta dello Sport in October. “At the end of the season, I’ll make mine.”