Why £17m Italy forward is perfect fit for Arsenal, not Balotelli


Arsenal are presently linked with interest in two Italian strikers but one of them would represent an astute purchase and the other a potential risk.

Reports suggesting the Gunners are pursuing AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli this summer have been a talking point amongst the club’s fans. The former Manchester City striker is indeed a talented player but there remain questions over his attitude and application both on and off the pitch.

Meanwhile, there are suggestions Arsenal could be eyeing his Italy colleague Lorenzo Insigne who, in my humble opinion, would be a fantastic addition for the Gunners this summer.

The North Londoners require a striker to compete with and act as cover for Olivier Giroud due to Nicklas Bendtner being set to leave and young Yaya Sanogo still raw and in need of development.

However, reports have suggested they could be lining up a move for Antoine Griezmann while in previous windows Julian Draxler has been linked – could Wenger be looking to bring in a winger this summer?

Insigne scored against Arsenal for Napoli last year and whilst his goal tally isn’t going to rival Balotelli’s, he scored 9 goals and made 11 assists in all competitions for Napoli last season which is an admirable return for a young wide man.

He can also function as a secondary striker or inside forward which is the kind of player we have seen Wenger acquire in the past in the form of Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie.

Insigne has exceptional technique and confidence on the ball, combining pace and skill. He can score goals from deep with his excellent long-range shots or tap ins from inside the six-yard box. He is a versatile player who has all the attributes of a player Wenger could develop down the line into a top forward.

His pace especially could be useful to Arsenal – we have seen in the absence of the injured Theo Walcott this term that the Gunners can find it hard to create space and break teams down without his injection of speed down the right hand side, and watching Giroud in a foot race with a defender is often painful to watch.

Insigne possesses the kind of flair of Samir Nasri with the physicality of a player like Van Persie. It is certainly true he requires some more development and would need to adapt to the Premier League but his passing, creativity, vision, skill and pace would make him an ideal fit for Arsenal who, according to reports, could have him for £17 million.

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