Arsenal have held talks with Marseille and Juventus for strikers Andre-Pierre Gignac and Sebastian Giovinco, according to reports in the Express.
Giovinco has failed to cement a regular starting spot in the Juventus team and is rumoured to be frustrated with life at the Serie A outfit. He is out of contract at the end of the season and that may force the Italian giants to sell for a cheaper price in the January window.
Gignac, meanwhile, has had a flying start to the new season scoring eight goals and has attracted interest from Premier League sides. However, he is yet to extend his current contract in France and his deal expires in the summer, which means he would be available for a cut-price in January or on a free once his contract runs down.
The report states that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is planning to bring one of the two to the Emirates in January.
It further states that Gignac is determined to force his way out of French football and would jump at the opportunity to join the Gunners. If a transfer fails to materialise then the French manager may turn his attention to Italy international Giovinco, a totally different striker to Gignac.
Giovinco has the attributes to perform well in England, as he’s energetic, skilful in possession and isn’t afraid of performing defensive duties as well. He would slot in behind Arsenal’s forward line and could make runs to support the lone striker in Arsene Wenger’s current system.
Gignac offers a similar prospect to that which Giroud offers and would be able to slip into Wenger’s line-up with relative ease, providing good competition to those already at the Emirates Stadium. He is by no means afraid of the physical nature of things in the Premier League, and his approach of hold-up play spliced with a poacher’s characteristics could go down as a success at Arsenal.
However one can certainly argue that the Gunners priorities lie elsewhere, especially with injuries to Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta causing something of a crisis in central midfield. However, with an opportunity to improve the forward ranks, the Gunners shouldn’t pass on the chance to add new depth up top and signing any one of the strikers would be a prime option.
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