There’s not exactly an abundance of news flying around today, needless to say, I will craft something for your eyes regardless.
Alvaro Morata. Arsene Wenger is apparently looking to make the young Spaniard his number one target this summer. I’m not sure what the cost will work out at, but it looks like he’s the man the manager wants to spear head his attack next season. So no expensive superstar because it doesn’t look like there are many of them about, instead, he’s opting for young talent so he can craft him into a mega star.
Am I angry about this approach? No.
Would I prefer a £40m striker? No.
I’m more concerned about giving the side more options going forward. Sanogo has some interesting raw ingredients that could work over the next 3-5 years if he knuckles down and stays fit. The key attribute he has is power and the ability to run defenders all over the place. Morata is more about the silk… he’s more tidy technically but he also has pace and some of the physical attributes you look for in that lone striker position.
I think he’d make a good signing, and for me, he’d make more sense value wise than spunking £35m on Diego Costa, who looks the business, but might not adapt to the league particularly well. You know what Brazilian can be like coming over here…
Wengers main job this summer, if he chooses to stay on is to invest in pace. We simply don’t have enough of it. We need a box to box midfielder who is young enough to deal with a heavy schedule. We need a striker like Morata to run the line, but also, to have enough about them to finish in a more clinical nature than Giroud. Sadly, it looks like we might need two right backs if Bacary leaves us and I’d say we need some proper width brough into the team as we’re likely to see Podolski seek new adventures elsewhere.
It’s quite a big summer. Bigger than last year really. Wenger doesn’t need to go out and spend £40m. He needs to go our and infuse the squad with players that are built for the league. Ramsey and Theo are great, but if they pick up an injury, or need a rest, we don’t have those attributes floating spare in the squad. If we recruit properly, then factor in more playing time for Zelalem and Gnabry next season… we’ve a pretty tight squad moving forward.
I really don’t have many other avenues to head down today. So I’m going to leave it with you. How about I set you a task for once?
Who would your top 3 strikers at Arseanl be? Be realistic… the best suggestions become appropriated by me and put into tomorrow’s post as my own genius Grimantubing.
See you in the comments!