We’ve been linked with a number of strikers ahead of the January transfer window, with Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi among them. He has ruled out a move this winter however, insisting that he’ll be staying put this season, as reported by the Express.
Even before our usual glut of injuries we were short on options up front, a fact only worsened by the lengthy layoffs of Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott (via Arsenal.com).
Icardi is a talented striker and an excellent prospect, but the 22-year-old seems determined to remain with Inter Milan. It appears as though he is happy with the direction the club are heading, and has no intention of leaving anytime soon.
“I stay here this season as I did the last one,” Icardi said.
“I’m also the captain and I can’t leave a team which is doing good things.”
This isn’t a huge blow, as we can unquestionably do better than the Argentine – if we were ever actually after him in the first place. For the £32m plus transfer fee that is being touted we could arguably get a better forward, but Arsene Wenger needs to be willing to get his wallet out.
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A striker is unquestionably needed this January, although arguably not as much as a defensive midfielder. Hopefully Wenger isn’t oblivious to this fact and has a plan to bring reinforcements in both areas to the club.