Torino president 'close' to accepting £14.6m bid for Arsenal linked Immobile - Three questions

Borussia Dortmund look close to winning the race for Italian international Ciro Immobile - Should Arsenal have done more?

According to reports in Italy, and addressed by Sky Sports, Borussia Dortmund look likely to win the services of highly-rated Torino striker Ciro Immobile.Image and video hosting by TinyPicThe 24-year-old striker has just completed his best season to date and jetted off with the likes of Mario Balotelli, Andreas Pirlo and Giorgio Chiellini in search of fifth World Cup title for Gli Azzurri.

However, in the absence of any real effort from Arsenal to beat Borussia Dortmund to the player despite the relatively low asking price, we take a look at three questions surrounding the deal and answer them as best we can.

Is Immobile right for Wenger and Arsenal?

In terms of playing style, Immobile is completely different to the current Arsenal centre-forward trio: Olivier Giroud, Yaya Sanogo and Nicklas Bendtner.

In stature the Arsenal trio dwarf the average-sized Italian and because of that, they all play a different type of game.

The Arsenal trio are all too happy to stand with their defensive counterpart and physically match them one-on-one; however, Immobile is a player that likes to play on the last man and in between the gaps in the defence. Which does lead to a lot of offside calls given against him - in fact, the most in Serie A.

Despite rumours linking him to Immobile, I don't feel he was ever a striker for a 'Wenger' system.

Are Arsenal able to compete with Borussia Dortmund?

On the financial side, Arsenal clearly have a much greater advantage; however, when it comes to relatively low transfer fees like this, who exactly is the favourite?

I'd have argued 12-months ago that Dortmund were perhaps the better placed side when a player was within their budget, but now I feel, due to the Bayern Munich dominance in Germany, Arsenal are the better placed side.

Arsenal have a much greater chance of winning the Premier League than Borussia Dortmund do the Bundesliga, in my opinion.

If not Immobile, then who?

As I said before, I feel that Arsene Wenger feels most comfortable when he has a big striker upfront. Therefore, I fancy Wenger to go out and sign a striker who isn't dwarfed in the company of Giroud and Sanogo.

The likes of Stefan Kießling, André-Pierre Gignac and Edin Dzeko seem the more likely due to their ability to integrate into the current Arsenal system.

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