Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic has rejected the opportunity to join the Gunners this January despite both clubs agreeing on terms for a loan deal.
The 30-year-olds agent has confirmed his client has opted to remain in Italy rather than linking up with Arsene Wenger’s side for the remainder of the campaign, another blow for Arsenal’s hopes of securing a striker this winter window.
The north London side are in need of an attacker this month to supplement Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner as they push on for silverware on three fronts, especially since the loss of Theo Walcott to injury for the remainder of the campaign.
Vucinic had been tipped as a likely candidate to make the switch to the Gunners, albeit on a temporary deal, however the Montenegrin’s agent Alessandro Lucci squashed any possibility of a move this January.
According to Metro, he said:
There is no chance that Vucinic will join Arsenal now.
He has decided to remain with Juventus.
Whether this is a blow or not for the Gunners it remains to be seen. Vucinic is not known to have been a particularly prolific striker and has limited minutes under his belt this season – Wenger may be better suited to utilize Podolski upfront in dire situations anyway.
Bendtner will be a decent backup to Giroud and perhaps a better option than Vucinic. The Dane had only just rejoined the squad after injury when he started against Coventry and with more training under his belt now he will improve.
Personally it’s not a massive blow to miss out on the Juventus forward who has struggled for gametime, we are better going for someone who can improve the squad – someone like Mandzukic who is reportedly having troubles at Bayern under Pep. Get him Wenger!