Matri’s arrival at Arsenal would be bad news for Podolski and Walcott

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Arsenal have been linked with a big money move for Juventus striker Alessandro Matri.

The arrival of the 28-year-old forward at the Emirates could be a very good transfer for the club, but it does have the ability to create more problems than answers within the Arsenal squad.

Matri has a decent record of seven goals in 20 Serie A games this season, which is not prolific but it would make him competitive alongside other members of the Arsenal team.

The problem his presence creates is his inability to play more than just a centre forward role or a forward who sometimes plays in the pocket.

It’s been well publicised that Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski are two current Arsenal players, with a huge desire to both play centrally through the attack of the club.

Matri is someone who would confine them to the current roles they have been playing down either side of the attack, which could cause them both to question their futures at the club.

Podolski has been linked with a high profile move to Serie A, ironically to Juventus, which he may well take if he’s not given the assurances that he can play in his best position for the Gunners.

Walcott only extended his contract to a point where he’s going to be discussing another extension over the course of next season, with this signing making it questionable as to whether he’ll sign a second extension within the space of a year.

Matri has all of the qualities to do very well for Arsenal; experience, pace, aggression and strength but Arsenal cannot weaken the overall reserves of their attacking unit just through his signing.

Many Arsenal fans will even point to this and point out that it’s not the sort of high profile signing, which is going to make them excited or drive the team forward next season.

Matri is a solid and relatively consistent goalscorer but he is not the sort of player who is going to go flying through games, winning them by himself, bagging hat-tricks and braces in the process.

Podolski is the more likely to jump ship first if he doesn’t get his way and Matri is no better than the German forward, which means it would be a shame if they had to see him go because of a naïve signing from a tactical and versatility point of view.

If Arsenal go out and get a forward this summer, it has to be a player who doesn’t mind playing Walcott and Podolski’s roles which will release them to play more centrally.

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