The Gunners had a quiet transfer window, with Swedish international Kim Kallstrom arriving from Spartak Moscow in a loan deal until the end of the season, only for the 31-year-old to suffer an injury in his first training session with the club, worsening the club's already troubling injury crisis.
Yet Arsenal fans went into the January transfer window hoping that their club could land another striker, with Olivier Giroud in desperate need of attacking assistance. Nicklas Bendtner has offered occasional relief for the Frenchman, but Gunners fans were anticipating the arrival of a better striker as manager Arsene Wenger seeks to end Arsenal's nine-year trophy drought.
But despite interest in the likes of Papiss Cisse and Miroslav Klose, no striker arrived at the Emirates Stadium in January, leaving Arsenal fans to contemplate what might have been, as well as prepare themselves for the final months of the season with just Giroud and Bendtner spearheading the attack; something which may come back to haunt them in May when the Premier League champions are crowned.
Though it seems Wenger has already identified three forwards to target in the summer – and they all play for Juventus. The Serie A side added Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente to their frontline last summer, whilst Southampton's Dani Osvaldo moved back to Italy in order to join Antonio Conte's side, leaving some players to watch on from the sidelines – which has alerted Arsenal.
Sebastian Giovinco, Fabio Quagliarella and Mirko Vucinic all look set to leave Turin at the end of the season in search of first-team football, and while Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on at least two of the three, which player should they focus their interests on?
Giovinco was tipped to be “the next Alessandro Del Piero” when he broke into the Juve side in 2006, aged just 19, but struggled to make an impact whilst the existing Del Piero was still the star of the show. Productive loan spells at Empoli and particularly Parma showed that the diminutive forward still has bags of talent, but he has still yet to make the grade with Juve and could now leave in order to further his career. Giovinco, now 27, wouldn't really fit as a central striker in Wenger's 4-3-3 because of his height, or lack of it, but could use his pace, dribbling and technique on the flanks in a similar way that Santi Cazorla has under Wenger.
Conversely, Quagliarella would certainly be a centre forward for Arsenal, having made his name with Sampdoria and Udinese as a goal-scoring striker. He eventually moved on to Napoli, but another good season in Serie A then led to his big move to Juventus, but the 31-year-old has been limited to a bit-part role under Conte, and having been left out of the Bianconeri's Europa League squad, will now seek to leave the club in the summer. There have to be question marks over whether Quagliarella is good enough to make an impact at Arsenal, especially with Aston Villa and Norwich also reportedly chasing his signature.
But the best of both worlds is with Montenegrin Vucinic, who looked set for a move to Arsenal last month, but the move failed to materialise. A skillful player who could play anywhere across the frontline for Arsenal, Vucinic's versatility would make him the perfect signing out of the three Juve players, despite a modest goalscoring record in Serie A. But having missed out on his signing on January, would Wenger be willing to chase the former Roma man again or should be turn his attentions elsewhere?
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