Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ended ongoing speculation over the Gunners and their link to Palermo’s Paulo Dybala last week, stating that he had no interest in the Argentine forward according to ESPN.
The 21-year-old has proven himself as one of the hottest prospects in Italian football this season with some scintillating personal performances for the Stadio Renzo Barbera outfit.
As such, some of the Emirates Stadium faithful will feel slightly downhearted at the news, as Dybala would have been an exciting summer addition at the North London club.
Despite this, Wenger’s comments make sense as in the grand scheme of things, the diminutive Argentine does not fully fit into Arsenal’s requirements.
Although the South American would surely relish the opportunity to link up with the club’s other technical players in attack, just where he would fit into the English side’s system remains to be seen.
Dybala operates as a central striker for Palermo, but to fulfil a similar role for Arsenal would rob the Gunners of a physical presence offered currently by Olivier Giroud.
The Frenchman may not be as fast or technically able as Dybala, but his stature and aerial ability offers Arsene Wenger’s men something different in a team lacking physicality and focussed on playing the ball on the ground.
With the former Montpellier man scoring in his last six games in a row and picking up the March Premier League Player of the Month accolade, Giroud is finally showing that he has the abilities to lead the line for the side.
Dybala's addition would mean playing one or the other and as such the Gunners have other areas of priority in this summer's transfer market.