Arsenal after a £15 million striker almost as controversial as Suarez?

Arsenal now have been linked with signing controversial Roma striker, Pablo Osvaldo.

Another name has arrived on the radar of Arsenal Football Club, according to fresh reports in Italy.

It is claimed the Gunners are showing a tentative interest in controversial striker Pablo Osvaldo, who enjoys a love-hate relationship with Roma's 'Ultra' fans.

Reports state that Arsenal have joined Southampton and Tottenham in a battle to sign the goalscorer, with the Saints believed to be frontrunners.

The interest though is hardly concrete, and Southampton are said to have had a bid of £15 million accepted, but if Arsenal were serious they may hope their last minute interest and offer of Champions League football could seal a deal.

The Gunners have been tracking controversial striker Luis Suarez all summer, but a look at Osvaldo's record shows he is almost as divisive - even among his own support.

Osvaldo was born in Argentina but is an Italian international with eight caps and three goals to his name.

The 27-year-old has been sent off nine times in his career, and cost Roma €17.5 million back in 2011.

Perhaps his most controversial incident came three months into his Roma career, when he punched young teammate Erik Lamela in the face in a row over 'not passing the ball', and was subsequently fined and suspended by the club.

A row with club icon Francesco Totti over who should take a penalty, which he ended up taking, and missing, hardly helped his case either.

He angered Roma fans last season when he was suspended for the Coppa Italia semi-final, and instead of watching the game from the stands and supporting his teammates, he flew to London to visit his girlfriend.

After losing the Final, Osvaldo rowed with coach Andrea Andreazzoli on the pitch before storming down the tunnel, and tweeted post-game; "You'd do more good if you admitted to being incompetent... Go celebrate with Lazio."

Another celebration earlier in the season when he aimed a gesture at technical director Franco Baldini, now with Spurs, was also picked up upon by the Italian media, as another moment of madness.

That's one area which can't be argued, his goalscoring. He bagged 16 goals in 29 last season, ending it as Roma's top scorer, but the club are still said to be keen to cash in.

With Southampton ahead in the race at present and Arsenal only apparently just joining it - they could have insisted on a cash plus player swap with Gervinho but didn't - the question is whether he is worth the hassle; but then the same questions have been asked of Suarez too.

Would you like Osvaldo at Arsenal? Any chance of it happening?

image: © Damien Cansse

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