Arsenal linked with Fernando Llorente - but do they need him?

Fernando Llorente

The Spaniard has failed to make an impact at Juventus following a summer move, and it is being touted in the Italian press that the Gunners are ready to make a January raid for the forward.

With Arsenal sitting pretty on top of the Premier League table, the rumours over who they could sign in January to cement their title challenge have already started to appear in the media. With a new striker thought to have been on the summer wishlist for Arsene Wenger, Juventus forward Fernando Llorente is being linked with a move to north London in January.

The Spain international moved to the Turin giants from Athletic Bilbao over the summer, and was widely expected to partner Carlos Tevez in the Bainconeri’s attack. However, with other able attackers such as Mirko Vucinic unready to relinquish their claims for a starting spot, Llorente has found himself on the bench more often than on the pitch.

With reports that the Spaniard is not happy in Italy, Arsenal have been accredited with an interest. Whether Juve would be willing to part with a player that they only signed six months prior remains to be seen, but is Llorente the type of striker the Gunners should be targeting anyway?

Olivier Giroud has started the new campaign well and has scored some important goals for the Emirates Stadium side. The France international is the club’s number one striker and can have a major impact on their chances of silverware, but behind that Arsenal lack strength in depth. Nicklas Bendtner has returned to north London, leaving Gunners fans unconvinced, while other options are young stars that lack experience.

Despite his slow start to life in Turin, Llorente is a top-drawer international striker that given a run in a top team would be sure to score regularly. The problem that Arsenal have however is that the Juventus man is quite similar in style to Giroud and bringing him to the Emirates would be signing like-for-like.

Surely if Wenger does opt to bring another forward to the club in January he will look to sign a player that will either offer a plan B to Giroud or another skillset such as pace or craft to be deployed alongside the Frenchman.

The Gunners tried to buy Luis Suarez in the summer, and the Liverpool man’s trickery and movement would surely make Arsenal a more dangerous side than Llorente’s physical attributes. Michu is another that has been mentioned, with the Swansea star’s deft touch and ability to both create and score also a better option that the Juventus man.

In short, if Llorente moved to Arsenal he has all the attributes to be a major success in England, and Gunners fans should be happy that an excellent striker has been added to their ranks. However, if Wenger really wants to propel his side to a position to challenge for major honours, an alternative skillset that the likes of Suarez or Michu possess would be more ideal.

Arsenal fans - would you welcome Llorente at the Emirates?

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