Morata was linked with the North Londoners in January with rumours ensuing that the 21-year-old striker could move on loan from Real Madrid.
He is a centre-forward by trade but, in January, I had my reservations as to whether he could adapt quickly enough to make his mark on a Premier League title challenge after making just a breakthrough in La Liga this term.
Morata is still in the under-21 squad for Spain at international level and has made just one start in La Liga this term. However, he has managed to get himself on the score sheet three La Liga goals and make one assists for Los Blancos and there is little debate over the youngster’s potential.
Antoine Griezmann, meanwhile, gains a lot more access and opportunity for regular first team football at Real Sociedad where he has made 24 appearances this term (23 starts) and has managed a very impressive 15 goals and four assists in the league.
The 22-year-old Frenchman has just won his first international call-up and I would suspect he’ll make the World Cup squad this summer, given his performance level this term in Spain.
Griezmann is not an out and out striker – he predominantly features on the left flank as a wide forward for Real Sociedad but he likes to come inside off the winger and there’s no doubt he is capable of causing havoc for defences when he does.
His finishing has developed substantially in the last 12 months – last term he scored 10 goals in 34 La Liga appearances and the previous season he scored 7 goals in 35 appearances. There is a clear record of development and improvement there, which, I believe, is the kind of talent that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger prefers.
I still have doubts about whether Morata could and would feel comfortable in such a physically demanding competition as the Premier League and at his age there is the potential for homesickness and problems adapting to life in London. I think Griezmann could be the kind of signing Wenger makes in the Robin van Persie or Thierry Henry mould where by he could convert the youngster’s flair and technique to suit Arsenal’s style of play ideally.
I also believe Griezmann’s flexibility would make his ideal for the Gunners – should they fail to sign their January target Julian Draxler from Schalke, I would expect Griezmann would be the next name on Wenger’s shopping list this summer - and should be prioritised over Morata.
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