Following on from our article 'Five reasons Falcao could sign for Arsenal' let us present an alternative view...
Reasons it probably won't happen
1) Spending big is not Arsenal's style
Despite the fact the deal proposed over the weekend suggested Falcao could become the subject of a £35 million bid, the reality is the Colombian would cost closer to £50 million. Such figures undermine any talk linking the Gunners with a move. Santi Cazorla signed this summer for around £16 million, a record fee for the Spaniard, but the club would have to treble that to sign Falcao. While he may be worth every penny, and after selling Van Persie and Song, Arsenal's finances could afford it, such a move just simply isn't Arsenal's style.
2) Interest from other 'bigger' spenders
Arsenal are not the only club to show an interest in the player. Both Chelsea and Real Madrid have been linked with the player, and are both known for their big spending. Chelsea's record fee is £50 million and Real Madrid £80 million, showing neither have any issue with splashing the cash to sign a player who they feel is essential to the club's prospects. Chelsea also have former Atletico player Fernando Torres who could figure as a sweetener in the deal, while both clubs would likely offer superior wages to Arsenal.
3) Atletico Madrid's current form
Atletico Madrid are neck and neck with leaders Barcelona in La Liga, and could yet throw in a real shock in this year's title race. They are eight points clear of rivals Real Madrid, and will certainly want to maintain their challenge. So the chances of the Colombian leaving mid-season? They are certainly slimmer, as the club will do everything they can to persuade him to stay. And who knows, he may actually be happy in a title challenging team playing the best football of his career?
4) Do Arsenal match Falcao's ambition?
Arsenal didn't match Robin van Persie's ambition, will they match Falcao's? The Dutchman's stance was certainly a controversial one, but one thing which can't be denied is the fact Arsenal are seven years without a trophy. If Falcao leaves Atletico, it will be to win major honours, and he may see moving to Arsenal as a sideways step, or only a slight step up. It would make sense for him to sign for Real Madrid, with his father claiming he has dreamed of playing for his club's rivals since he was young, even though such a move would be deeply divisive in the Spanish capital.
5) Arsenal's current form and prospects
Perhaps, just perhaps, Arsenal might not just need the striker. Such a statement should always be taken with a pinch of salt, as there is not a club in the world who would not want Falcao in the ranks, but the early signs are this season that manager Arsene Wenger may have stumbled upon a winning formula. Giroud is now showing his worth, while new signing Podolski is also impressing, and many feel the Gunners are more than capable of challenging for the title this year. Another big name could upset the applecart, and with Walcott hoping to take a central striker spot, and Gervinho too staking a claim, Arsene Wenger's plans are unlikely to involve the Colombian.
Do you agree? Is talk of Falcao to Arsenal too far fetched?
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