Red hot 22 goal Ciro Immobile can be Arsenal's Giroud alternative

Stadio Olimpico Torino

What would Ciro Immobile bring to Arsenal and can they do a deal?

This season illustrated what observers called last summer: Arsenal need further depth up front.

The club's pursuit of Luis Suarez illustrated they felt the same way too, yet they bizarrely failed to add a senior striker capable of effectively supporting Olivier Giroud.

Despite this they finished just seven points off Premier League champions Manchester City, and the need to make an addition or two this summer is more pressing than ever.

Presently, the big name being linked is Karim Benzema, but there is a player who scored more goals than the Frenchman who is worthy of strong consideration.

Italian striker Ciro Immobile is that man, as striker whose liveliness belies his name, scoring 22 Serie A goals this season for Torino. Benzema hit 17 in La Liga for Real Madrid.

Immobile is likely to line up for Italy against England this summer, and as one of the finds of the season in his homeland, he is attracting serious attention from Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid.

The 25-year-old ended the season in stirring form, scoring nine goals in eight games.

His assets include his powerful shot and ability to score from any angle, deft footwork, and strong heading ability. He is a forward who is ideally cut out for the Premier League, and could be expected to thrive amid the passes of Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla, while still being able to hold the ball up effectively like Olivier Giroud.

His Torino side missed out on European qualification on the last day in Serie A with the very last kick as Alessio Cerci missed a last minute penalty, and Arsenal's Champions League football on offer would certainly be a temptation.

Napoli are currently said to be leading the chase to sign him, with the striker admitting he does not foresee a return to co-owners Juventus due to their current options.

"A return to Juventus? I do not think that will happen," he told Italia1 earlier this week.

Valued in the region of £20 million, the striker could be an astute acquisition for the Gunners, if Arsene Wenger decides to turn his focus in his direction.

As the sixth highest striker in the Golden Shoe rankings, behind only the likes of Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, there are not many reasons why they should not take a serious look at the possibility.


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