Arsenal fans react on Twitter as Morata returns to Real Madrid

Spain's Alvaro Morata in action with Turkey's Selcuk Inan

The Spain international has left Juventus to return to the La Liga giants, but has Wenger missed a trick?

Spain's Alvaro Morata in action with Turkey's Selcuk InanSpain's Alvaro Morata in action with Turkey's Selcuk Inan

Real Madrid on Tuesday confirmed on their website that they had exercised their buy-back clause on Juventus's Arsenal linked striker Alvaro Morata, for a fee reported by the Mirror to be around £24 million.

It is the latest in a peculiar transfer chase that could still yet see Real sell Morata for a much higher price, with the Mail saying Arsenal and Chelsea said to be continuing to follow the player's situation despite figures of £50 million being discussed.

The Gunners, of the many high profile teams in the Premier League linked with the Spain international, are perhaps the side most closely associated with holding a long standing interest in the 23-year-old.

Football Soccer - Juventus v Milan - Italian Cup Final - Olympic stadium, Rome, Italy - 21/05/16Football Soccer - Juventus v Milan - Italian Cup Final - Olympic stadium, Rome, Italy - 21/05/16

Having been linked since Morata was still in Spain by the likes of Marca, and throughout his time at Juventus, it appears Arsene Wenger has long missed any chance to sign the forward for a reasonable fee, if he indeed ever held any interest, despite many supporters wishing for attacking reinforcements.

Morata has developed since his final campaign at the Bernabeu, coming on leaps and bounds in terms of his quality as a forward during his two year spell in Italy.

The youngster may not have rocked the boat with his goalscoring, still yet to score more than eight goals in a league season, but some of his general play in key matches for Juve has hinted at how good a player he should become, and he is currently starring for his country at the European Championships.

Spain's Alvaro Morata in action with Croatia's Tin JedvajSpain's Alvaro Morata in action with Croatia's Tin Jedvaj

Even as Real let Morata depart in 2014, there were reservations about whether it was the right thing to do, with few specialist centre forward options behind Karim Benzema. 

But with Morata back at his boyhood club, we take a look at how Arsenal fans reacted to the news, some of whom expressed reluctance in paying the huge figures mentioned for the player, and others disappointed in Wenger's inability to pay big for a top centre forward:

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