Recent reports coming from Portugal were linking us with an unlikely “approach” for Fulham’s on-loan forward Kostas Mitroglou, but thankfully it appears as though we aren’t looking to sign the Greek international, according to Goal.
Mitroglou has been prolific for Benfica this season, and in the past he’s had an excellent goalscoring record. Despite his clinical finishing he’s a somewhat limited striker though, and his complete and utter failure at a club like Fulham suggests he wouldn’t be a good fit at Arsenal either.
Having signed for Fulham for a club record £12.4m back in 2014 (via the Daily Mail), he made just three appearances for the London club. He struggled for fitness during his time in England, and was eventually loaned out to Portuguese side Benfica.
Goal’s report suggests he’s currently discussing terms which would see him make a permanent switch to Benfica, although his wages are reportedly a real issue.
His wage demands obviously wouldn’t be an issue for us, and we’ve been linked with him in the past, with Arsene Wenger apparently inquiring about signing the striker from Olympiacos in 2013 (via Goal).
We really don’t need another average striker at the club though, and while Mitroglou has shown he knows where the goal is, he’s not the world class striker we need by any stretch.
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There’s an argument to suggest that signing the 28-year-old would be better than nothing, as we unquestionably need attacking reinforcements. Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, and Danny Welbeck just aren’t cutting it, and we need to invest.
While almost every fan is demanding a striker signing this summer though, there would be riots if we splashed the cash on a player who ended up not being an upgrade on Giroud at all.
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While there aren’t a huge number of top strikers out there at the moment, you have to imagine that we can do better than Kostas Mitroglou, even if he would come at a bargain price.