Transfer Bin: Arsenal linked with Roberto Firmino

Arsene Wenger would no doubt be able to recruit Hoffenheim player but is he really needed? Absolutely not.

According to the Express, Arsenal have made an offer of £8 million to Hoffenheim for their attacking midfield asset Roberto Firmino, a versatile 22-year-old Brazilian footballer adept in an attacking midfield position.

Considering his age and current talent-level, there is no doubt that the price mentioned could prove to be a bargain for whomever was able to lure the player away from the Baden-Wurttember based side, especially when one considers his attacking efficiency of producing a goal or an assist once every 107 minutes he was on a Bundesliga field last season (16 goals and 11 assists from 33 appearances).

This, together with his average pass rate of 44 per game, his creation of 70 goal-scoring opportunities, his ability to conjure up 147 successful dribbles when he has the ball at his feet and his return of 82 tackles are demonstrative not only of his elite-level talent at the top but also his ability to win the ball back when his team lose possession in final-third positions.

However, the move just has no merit.

Last season, Firmino was most frequently deployed in a central attacking midfield role, which is a position currently held by Mesut Ozil.

The player could be shifted to the right, but that is where both Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez will likely be campaigning.

If Wenger had designs on pushing Firmino into a striking role, an area where he is infrequently positioned by his current manager Markus Gisdol, the Gunners boss would be better advised to look elsewhere for more proven prolific strikers - like Mario Balotelli or even Loic Remy, even though the latter now appears set to transfer to Liverpool having undergone a medical examination in Boston just yesterday.

If there is one area where Arsene does not require reinforcements, it is versatile attack-minded midfielders, with Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere Alexis Sanchez, Tomas Rosicky, Serge Gnabry and even Joel Campbell all able to play in and around these positions.

Perhaps the link to Firmino is another speculative rumour that will end up on the transfer bin rather than the completed transfer list.

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