Arsenal make shock offer for Juventus star wanted by another club - report

Sebastian Giovinco

Arsenal have reportedly made a late bid for Juventus attacker Sebastian Giovinco.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may not have wanted to sign a striker this summer, but the long-term injury to Olivier Giroud has forced him to delve into the transfer market.

Although the Gunners have a number of players who can play up front, such as Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo, they are either not a direct replacement for the France international or are too young to lead the line on their own.

Wenger has also tried to play star summer signing Alexis Sanchez up front on his own, but the Chile international has not looked entirely convincing in that role in the early stages of the 2014-15 campaign.

And now Arsenal are (reportedly) back on the transfer market looking for a striker.

A number of players have been linked with a deadline-day move to the Emirates Stadium, including AS Monaco star Radamel Falcao, but the most surprising name that has popped up is that of Juventus attacker Sebastian Giovinco.

According to Tuttojuve.com, Arsenal have made an offer for the Italy international. Italian club Torino have also made a bid as they look to replace the departed Alessio Cerci, and Juventus - surprise, surprise - are willing to sell.

Of course, Juventus are willing to sell Giovinco. After all, the 27-year-old is nothing more than a squad player for the Bianconeri whose early-career promise has failed to materialise into something concrete.

Once hailed as the next big thing in Italian football, Giovinco has not even managed 100 Serie A appearances for the Italian champions.

Moreover, Giovinco is not an out-and-out striker. He is someone who is at ease playing behind the main centre-forward, on the wings or in attacking midfield.

Arsenal are not lacking in that department, and if the recent report is true, then it is a shock that Wenger wants to sign a player that he does not need.

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