Report: Arsenal keen on £11.8m move for El Shaarawy, problem: He's scored one goal all season

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Arsenal have been linked with Stephan El Shaarawy.

Arsenal are considering a summer move for Stephan El Shaarawy, report The Telegraph.

The paper report the Gunners are weighing up making an offer worth £11.8 million.

Their report states: "The 22-year-old is said to have been on Arsene Wenger's wishlist in the winter transfer window, and while a deal never materialised, could come back in for him at the end of the season."

El Shaarawy's agent is also quoted in the report as stating he is aware of offers from abroad but is content in Italy for now.

What's the problem?

El Shaarawy was at one stage regarded as one of Europe's most promising strikers, but has fallen off the radar this season.

The striker has scored only one goal all season, which came back in November against Sampdoria. He has made 15 appearances in total, and has three assists to his name.

While he is an Italian international with 10 caps to his name, he has not featured for the Azzurri for over a year.

His best season came in 2012/13 in which he scored 16 goals, but his career has veered badly off track due to injury.

He missed nearly the whole of last season with injury, making only two starts for Milan, with no goals in seven total appearances.

Arsene Wenger would be buying a reclamation project, a player with potential on the cheap, but one who there is no guarantee can get back to his previous best.

If it works out it could be an inspired signing, but El Shaarawy is a player who at present needs regular football to get back on track, and it is unlikely he would get that at Arsenal, which makes this a bad move for him, and the club should they elect to pursue it.

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