Arsenal are considering a loan move for Juventus striker Sebastian Giovinco following news that Theo Walcott will miss the remainder of the season through injury, according to reports in Metro.
The England international is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after damaging his knee in the Gunners’ FA Cup win over Tottenham and Wenger is worried that a lack of options may harm their title push.
The Italian international has won the hearts and minds of many Juventus fans but has fallen off Antonio Conte’s radar following the summer additions of Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez.
The report states that Giovinco has emerged as a January target for the Gunners, with the Italian ace currently out of favour in Turin. It further states that Arsenal would be willing to sign the player on-loan until the end of the season, in a bid to rejuvenate his form. However it’s not clear whether Juve would be interested in this option.
The 26 year old is a graduate of the Juve academy and a Turin native from birth and has always been heralded as a potential star at the Old Lady, but his progress has been blocked by numerous obstacles limiting his progress in recent seasons.
Giovinco has once again found himself on the fringes of Antonio Conte’s squad and has made just two Serie A starts, failing to come off the bench in seven league matches. It’s a wealth of attacking options that has prevented the speedster from having the desired impact, not necessarily a lack of ability at the top level. He has 17 international caps for Italy with one goal, but hasn’t featured in the squad since June.
He is known for his free kick taking skills, notably netting a superb set piece strike against AC Milan last season. His dribbling skills and inch perfect passes are sure to trouble any side that comes up against him and his best position is as a second forward behind a main striker and can also play out wide. The Italian would provide some more natural backup to Olivier Giroud and will provide a very different to the Frenchman, as he is small in frame and is technically very strong.
He would undoubtedly jump at the chance for regular first team football in a bid to make Italy’s World Cup squad this summer. He might not be the big name striker that the fans have been waiting for but he will definitely be a good option to have from the bench.
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