Last season The Gunners were surprisingly short in centre-forward options. Bringing Alexis Sanchez in will help (in a major way) but it may not be enough. What if Sanchez or their other centre-forward, Olivier Giroud get injured? Arsenal will be forced to turn to players like Yaya Sanogo.
It’s not ideal, is it?
It’s not like there aren’t good options out there available at a bargain price. The Gunners have been linked to AC Milan’s world-class centre-forward Mario Balotelli for the last few months. Surely it’s time for them to start wrapping this deal up?
According to The Metro, AC Milan are keen to part ways with Mario Balotelli and are willing to sell him to Arsenal in a cut-price deal. It’s thought that he’d cost just £7.9m, providing The Gunners are willing to chuck in Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell as part of the package.
I have to say, this looks like an excellent deal for The Gunners. Campbell started the World Cup extremely well, but faded as the competition went on. It’s also worth noting that he’s thus far been unable to break into the Arsenal team, having been sent out on loan 3 times.
Whilst he looked pretty good at Olympiacos last year, it’s not clear that he’s good enough to crack this Arsenal side. At 22-years-old, is he really ready to compete with players like Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott?
Mario Balotelli, on the other hand, should be able to provide Olivier Giroud with a decent amount of competition. Balotelli’s a lot quicker than Giroud and he’s also got a good goal-scoring record. Since moving to AC Milan two summers ago, he’s found the back of the net 30 times in 54 games.
He’s also got Premier League experience, so shouldn’t take long to adapt to his new surroundings. With all this in mind, I can’t help but feel that Arsenal would be foolish to pass this opportunity up. They’d be a lot more competitive with Balotelli in their squad next season.
What’s your take? What does the future hold for Joel Campbell? Should The Gunners be chasing Mario Balotelli?
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