Arsenal preparing to make a move for Diego Milito?

Inter Milan

The veteran striker has been rumoured to be on Arsene Wenger's radar, with Arsenal's manager keen to add some experience to his striking line up.

With Inter's financial woes now known all over Europe thanks to the protracted wrangle with Wesley Sneijder, Arsenal could look to swoop on the Milan club for another of their high profile players. Diego Milito is still a regular for Stramaccioni's side, but they could be looking to remove his high wage bill from their balance sheet.

If that is the case Arsenal would likely only need to pay Inter a nominal fee for Milito, with his wage packet the real expense that the London club would have to take on. Whether Wenger would be prepared to pay Milito a significant salary considering he is already 33 would surely be the main impediment to any move.

In the past this kind of transfer would have been unthinkable for Arsenal, who have a fantastic record of bringing in young players and developing them into stars at the club. However the long trophy drought has led to increased dissatisfaction amongst supporters, and a proven player like Milito might be exactly what they need in the second half of the season.

Despite their array of attacking talent, Arsenal have struggled at time to threaten sides in the league. The odd thumping of teams like Reading and Newcastle has kept their goal difference healthy, but the worry is that they have failed to find the net in six of their 21 Premier League matches already this season.

As such finding a regular goal scorer is a priority for the club. Olivier Giroud has impressed in patches in his first season, and Theo Walcott has demonstrated plenty of potential as a central striker since starting there more regularly, but neither would provide the clinical edge someone like Diego Milito could.

This appears to be something that Wenger has recognised, as Arsenal have also been linked with David Villa this window, another veteran striker with an proven eye for goal. Villa looks set to stay at Barcelona now, but Milito might be a possibility. It might not be a very Arsenal kind of transfer, but only a brave few would predict that Milito wouldn't score plenty of goals for Wenger's side, and he might be the impetus required to secure Champions League football again this season.

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