Can Wenger turn this Lorient forward into a superstar?

Arsenal have plenty of attacking alternatives if they fail to land David Villa from Barcelona this summer.

Lorient striker Alain Traore could become the latest Arsene Wenger wonder signing if the Gunners don’t land David Villa from Barcelona this summer.

Several national newspapers have reported this morning that Traore nearly joined Arsenal in the January transfer window but the deal fell through because the player was carrying a thigh injury which would have restricted his appearances.

He ticks all of the right boxes as a potential Arsenal player for several reasons.

He seems to be a versatile forward who can play down the left or right which could allow the likes of Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott to focus on playing more central positions.

He also seems to be potentially good value with the fee being talked about last month around £5 million, which may even become cheaper this summer.

This is the sort of transfer fee that Wenger seems to favour; not too expensive and not too over the odds for what the player is seemingly actually worth.

Arsenal have also been linked with Stevan Jovetic but Fiorentina will not allow him to leave Italy for a penny under the £20 million mark which Wenger may be reluctant to pay.

You also have to factor in that Manchester City are being heavily linked with Jovetic and despite Arsenal’s positive financial position, they cannot compete with City in a financial sense.

Chelsea are also in the mix to sign Jovetic which means it’s a lot less hassle for the Gunners to try and re-go for a target they have already made an approach for, where they don’t seem to have any competition.

The reason that this story needs to be taken seriously is because there is no guarantee that Arsenal will land David Villa from Barcelona this summer.

Insides at the Spanish club have claimed that Villa wants to join the Gunners but when he becomes available, there are going to be all sorts of deals on the table for the Spaniard.

Wenger may also not want the headache of having a quartet of strikers at the club who are all demanding to play in the same position.

Check out Traore's wondergoal for Burkina Faso in this year's African Nations Cup tomorrow...

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