Arsenal fans should not get their hopes up over the arrival of Diego Milito from Inter Milan this January.
The rumour mill has gone full circle once again with the Sun now suggesting that Arsenal are lining up a move for Diego Milito from Inter Milan.
Well ignore it Arsenal fans because there are a million and one reasons why any deal for the Argentine striker is unlikely.
One: take a look at his age which is 33. Weigh this up against the current balance of Arsene Wenger’s squad with the heavy emphasis towards younger players and an apparent transition to a new team.
Two: look at the variety of strikers the club already have in Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Gervinho when he returns from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Three: look at Wenger’s transfer policy so far this January. If he felt he needed another striker then it’s very doubtful that he would have loaned Marouane Chamakh to West Ham.
Four: throw into the ix the club’s current position; sixth in the Premier League. Milito is one of the highest profile and most experienced strikers in Europe. He definitely would not consider joining a team in January that may not qualify for the Champions League.
Five: we move onto wage structure. Milito is a player who would ask for a high level of personal terms. Arsenal are a socialist club in terms of wages and would be unwilling to pay similar wages to what Milito is earning now at Inter.
Six: look at the apparent reported reasons in the papers that he wants to leave Inter Milan. An apparent ‘desire to play in England’ and Inter’s ‘poor season’ in Serie A. Neither are concrete motives for a Arsenal to make an instant bid.
Seven: It’s much more likely that is Milito does want to move, it will be to another Premier League side that needs a striker more than the Gunners.
Eight: Wenger has never spent a large amount of money in a January transfer window. The £10 million signing of Andrey Arshavin is one of the only exceptions from the last five years.
If Arsenal do sign a striker either now or at the end of the season, who do you think it will be?
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