Arsenal linked with striker who lost his place to £11.8m Gunners flop

Gervinho

Arsenal have been rumoured to be interested in Roma forward Mattia Destro - who lost his place to Gervinho this season.

Arsenal recently lost Theo Walcott to a season ending knee injury suffered against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup - and that has added to the apparent need for a new striking reinforcement that already seemed present at the start of the campaign.

Of course Arsenal let a couple of strikers go in the summer. The likes of Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho however were never going to be sorely missed.

Well - so we thought.

Gervinho has become an instant hero in Rome with some magnificent performances under the tutelage of his favourite coach Rudi Garcia.

Some local papers have dubbed him ‘the African Messi’ while Francesco Totti recently said he was like Cristiano Ronaldo - so his performances certainly have been something else compared to the £10.8 million flop that was regularly lampooned in North London for his comedic performances.

His performances have been such, that exciting talent Mattia Destro has not been able to buy a game at the Stadio Olimpico this season.

Destro, who signed for Roma in a €16 million deal from Siena in July 2012, has only featured in four Serie A games for the club in 2013-14 - and is therefore being linked with a potential January exit.

And interestingly, one team who have been linked today are Arsenal.

Arsenal are being reported in the Italian media, picked up in the UK by Metro, as having made contact over a potential move for the player.

Destro, who has four caps for the Italian national team, is likely to want a move in order to earn a place at next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

And Arsenal need a forward - the two go together like apples and pears.

But it would be interesting to see how the idea of a man usurped by the flop that is Gervinho at Roma would be received at The Emirates.

If he does arrive, let’s hope he is more suited to the English game then his Ivorian predecessor.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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