Arsenal have been linked with plenty of strikers in recent times, but Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata appeared to be a viable option for the second half of the Gunners’ season.
With little game-time at the Bernabeu, the 21-year-old revealed he would consider leaving if he did not feel he had a ‘relevant role in the team’, and despite Arsene Wenger dismissing reports linking him with, well, anyone, the young forward is exactly the kind of option the current league leaders are lacking.
As if to prove it, Morata came off the bench in his side’s match against Real Betis earlier today, entering the action in the 77th minute and scoring 13 minutes later to round off a 5-0 victory.
While the goal mattered little in regards to the match, it proved he was an option that should not be underestimated – a goal-threat from the bench for when the likes of Olivier Giroud are having one of those days.
With reports of interest from Portugal and Italy, a loan move for the young Spaniard may no longer be an option. It may have to be a permanent deal or nothing.
But given the fact that Arsenal have been linked with spending upwards of £37million on Julian Draxler in the reported hope of turning him into a striker, they could sign a ready-made one for a fraction of that price who is just a year older than the German.
Still, who am I to tell Wenger what to do?
But have a look at Morata’s goal from earlier today and decide for yourself. While it was scrappy, he was in the right place to finish it off. And on such things can titles be decided.
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