For sale already! Arsenal glad they didn't sign £9.6m striker?

AC Milan

Arsenal were linked with Alessandro Matri in the summer, but are likely to be glad they did not take the plunge.

Arsenal's striker chase proved to be a fruitless one in the summer - unless you count Yaya Sanogo - but surely an Italian international striker would have been a good addition, right?

Wrong if we are talking about Alessandro Matri.

The Express linked Arsenal with a bid for the then Juventus striker back in April, but it was not the Gunners who took the plunge, but AC Milan.

Milan paid £9.6 million for his signature at the end of August, with Matri signing a contract until 2017.

Already however he is being told he is surplus to requirements at a Milan side who have endured a disastrous start to the season, sitting in 11th place in the standings, a full 27 points off Serie A leaders Juventus.

Matri for his part has been made a bit of a scapegoat, and arguably rightly so.

He has scored just one goal in 18 Serie A and Champions League games, and that came back in October. Newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport even named him in their 'Flop XI' of the season so far last month.

Now reports in Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport detail that Milan are happy to sell the player to Lazio, who have been linked with making a bid.

Matri lost his place in the Italian international side last season, despite bagging eight goals in 22 for Juventus, and two more in the Champions League.

His exploits this season have not helped, and a move to Lazio would at least give him another fresh chance at trying to save his World Cup dream.

While Arsenal may look back on their failure to sign a striker in the summer and the headache it is causing them now with many regrets, Alessandro Matri is not one of them.

They could probably sign him now if they wanted to, but really, why would they?

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