Arsenal Transfer News: Wenger Eyes Unsettled Serie A Striker

By on November 29, 2012

Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Arsenal are linked with Alessandro Matri.

Alessandro Matri

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Arsenal have been linked with a move for Juventus striker Alessandro Matri, according to talkSPORT.

The 28-year-old initially moved to Juve on a six month loan deal from Calgiari in January 2011 but after scoring 9 goals in 12 games, the Turin giants made the move permanent in the summer.

Matri was a key player for Juventus last season and played in 30 games, scoring 10 goals, to help lead them to the Serie A title – going the entire season unbeaten.

However, the former AC Milan striker has struggled to replicate that form this season and has made just two starts in the league so far. The player is said to be unsettled by his lack of playing time, leading to speculation he could be on the move again.

Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger is in the market for a forward when the window re-opens in January and talkSPORT claim Matri is on his wish-list, and the Frenchman is set to test the Italian giants resolve with a £7m bid this winter.

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A striker is a must this January as we’re heavily reliant on Olivier Giroud up front. Lukas Podolski is more than capable of playing through the middle, and has indicated he’d prefer to play there, but the boss see’s him on the left and with Marouane Chamakh yet to make a league start this season, it means Giroud is the only out-and-out striker in the first-team squad.

Is Matri the man to solve our striking problems? I’m not convinced, but as long as we’re making positive moves in the window, I’m happy.

Who would you like to see signed in January? Get involved in the comments section.

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9 Comments

  1. timcee

    November 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Is Matri the man to solve our striking problems?(NO) I’m not convinced, but as long as we’re making positive moves in the window, I’m happy.(Mere gossip)

    Who would you like to see signed in January?(Maroune Fellani/Cabaye/Hartem Ben Arfa /Brede Hangeland and Klass Jan Huntelaar).

  2. abraham deneke

    November 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    please transfer new players to arsenal

  3. 'SANMI MARVELLOUS

    November 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    matri? no please!
    u can break bank for Lewandoski.
    u’ll have returns for investinh in him.

  4. the king

    November 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    can we for once get a big name player.

    dose the board want us to be the new liverpool or something.

  5. Jose

    November 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    No matri not resolved our striking problem we need somebody like lorente,cavani,lewandowki but the best of all is cavani/lewandowki.

  6. John Smith

    November 29, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Huntelaar would help us to score more goals and a good defensive midfielder like Tiote would give our midfield some more strength. Another left back would be good to cover for when Gibbs gets injured.

  7. Anthony

    November 30, 2012 at 7:05 am

    I wouldn’t mind if Arsene used all the transfer budget money to buy cavani… because that will make Arsenal a top team again… other club will be aware of Arsenal at least… because mostly every club can get point from Arsenal…

  8. Alex

    November 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Theo Walcott certainly has the capabilities, and he has shown that, to play up front. Maybe we can rotate our strikers, Walcott and Giroud rotating, with Podolski being given the chance to play as a lone striker once in a while with guys like Gervinho or Rosicky to play on the left wing. Podolski certainly is a potent striker with that deadly left foot of his. So although a new big-name striker like Cavani or Huntelaar arriving in January is a welcome, i think we have bigger priorities than finding a striker. Wenger should look more to signing a winger like Zaha or Tello and an experienced ‘keeper and maybe tighten up the back four and bring in a stand-by left back to cover for the injury-prone Gibbs.

  9. Koko j

    December 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

    All i know is that he should sign us quality players that’s all

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