The Gunners have missed out on Belgian international Kevin Mirallas from Olympiakos, as the highly rated forward has officially signed for Everton on a permanent deal. But there is still hope that Arsene Wenger can still bring in a big name striker this window with Athletic Bilboa’s Fernando Llorente left out of his sides squad as he seeks a departure from the La Liga side.
With Van Persie’s exit finalized last week and the (ridiculous) departure of Alex Song about to be completed in the coming days, Arsenal need to reinvest the funds in a top class forward to add more quality to the front line.
Many Gooners were hoping their French manager would swoop in for Miralles who netted an impressive 20 goals in 25 games last season for Olympiakos, but Everton managed to pull what could be one of the coups of the summer by signing the Belgian hit man for a cheap £6m.
However a strange twist of events may make the €18m rated Spanish star Fernando Llorente available after Bilboa manager Marcelo Bielsa left his main striker out of his squad for the match against Real Bettis.
The La Liga clubs manager stated at his prematch conference:
Nobody ever said that I’d leave if Llorente and Martinez went. I am satisfied with the team with or without Llorente. It is a difficult situation, because all the positions are understandable.
Llorente is exercising his rights, while the club and the fans are understandable too, aside from the method of the protest which I do not share.
The Spaniard, similarly to Van Persie, has entered the final year of his contract with Bilboa and has refused to extend his deal. Juventus are circling after missing out on the Gunners ex captain after they failed with a €16m bid for Llorente, but this could be Wenger’s chance to bring in another Spanish star after the hugely successful arrival of Santi Cazorla.
The media have hyped up the lack of impact made by Giroud and Podolski after the opening match on Saturday, however they are top class forwards that will go a long way in strengthening with the loss of RvP, but with funds available and the Gunners midfield stacked, another striker is a must.
Llorente would be a brilliant acquisition, he is available at a very decent price and is at the perfect age of 27 meaning he has a wealth of experience and is approaching the physical peak of his career. If Arsenal want to win something this season we will need more attacking force up front, and I would welcome the purchase of the Spaniard over another midfielder (even M’Vila).
What do you guys think? Could this really happen? Or even if it could, do you think Wenger should be bringing in cover for the departed Alex Song? Feel free to comment below or in the allArsenal forum under Llorente’s thread. Register and Comment to go into the draw to win an Arsenal Away Shirt!