€10m bargain? Cazorla's ex-teammate can be Arsenal strike solution

The same summer Arsenal signed Santi Cazorla, they took a look at Salomon Rondon. Is now the time to renew interest?

Malaga's financial problems were particularly untimely in summer 2012, resulting in them needing to sell off Santi Cazorla and Salomon Rondon.

Arsenal were the fortunate team to net Santi Cazorla's services, and were also linked with striker Salomon Rondon.

The Venezuelan was instead signed by Russian side Rubin Kazan for £7.9 million, but could be tempted by a new challenge by a Champions League team after 18 months at the club.

Just last week Rondon was linked with a transfer to Borussia Dortmund as a potential replacement for Robert Lewandowski, and Arsenal would be wise to re-visit their own interest.

With Santi Cazorla enduring a below par season with just one Premier League assist so far, linking up with an old teammate could help spark him into life, while solving Arsenal's striking shortage at the same time.

An international for his country, Rondon, 24, has 13 goals in 35 matches.

His time at Rubin Kazan is at a crossroads, with the manager who signed him, Kurban Berdiev departing the club this off-season with Rinat Bilialetdinov appointed in his place.

Rondon scored 12 goals in 20 matches before picking up a metatarsal injury in early November in which he has now recovered. The highlights of his first season at the club, in which he bagged 13 goals, included a Europa League hat-trick against Inter Milan.

The striker is capable of leading the line on his own, and at 24 would be a good investment for the future at a potentially bargain price of around €10 million. Over to you Arsene...


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