Morata loan would position Arsenal perfectly to sign him permanently

Alvaro Morata

Reports continue to suggest Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has agreed to a six month loan deal with Premier League leaders Arsenal.

The 21 year old striker has impressed in his limited appearances for Los Blancos this season, but according to Radio Onda Cero, the Spain Under 21 international has decided that with Karim Benzema starting regularly, he won't get many first team opportunities for the rest of this season.

With Madrid also reportedly lining up moves for Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez, Morata is right to seek playing time in order to continue his development.

Ever since the Gareth Bale rumours started in the summer, Tottenham have been strongly linked with Morata, as Andre Villas-Boas looks to add more firepower to his goalshy strikeforce. However, the revelation that Morata will be on his way to their North London rivals is likely to disappoint the former Chelsea boss.

Arsenal have been on the lookout for striking reinforcements for months now, and especially after chief executive Ivan Gazidis said the Gunners had to sign another striker if they wanted to keep up their great start to the season. Olivier Giroud has been excellent so far this term but is in danger of burning out, with no backup able to take some of the load off his shoulders.

Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu-Young are set for the exit, whilst youngster Yaya Sanogo is one for the future. As a result, Arsenal have been linked with a number of names from Diego Costa to Jackson Martinez and even Benzema, the man keeping Morata out Carlo Ancelotti's side at the Santiago Bernabeu.

With Giroud the undoubted starter, Morata could arrive without the pressure of having to perform on a weekly basis, but would also be able to see more action than he would with Madrid. Arsenal are looking to compete on a number of fronts – including the Premier League and Champions League – and manager Arsene Wenger has to guard against his team tiring out, which has been a problem for his side in previous years.

Should Morata impress during his stay with the club, Arsenal may look to try and bag him permanently, especially as Morata also believes that the club have more faith in Jese Rodriguez.

Should another striker arrive at Real, Morata may well decide that his future lies away from the Spanish capital – and Arsenal may be at the top of the list of suitors, should his loan spell be a success.

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