After another trophy-free season, Arsenal will be looking to strengthen in the summer. Arsene Wenger should look no further than Stevan Jovetic if he wants to compete for trophies again.
Arsenal fans had high hopes of Olivier Giroud before he joined the Gunners this season and while one couldn’t expect him to compete with the season that Robin van Persie enjoyed in 2011/12 at the Emirates, the French striker did fairly well, scoring 16 goals in all competitions.
Theo Walcott also did well in front of goal and still remains Arsenal’s top scorer despite his recent dip in form and has 18 goals under the belt this season.
Lukas Podolski had a lot expected of him at the start of the season and he delivered with exciting play and good goals. He has since fallen out of favour, though, and hasn’t started in a while. Nevertheless, he’s scored 14 goals in all competitions despite not getting a start since January.
However, should Wenger be willing to cough up the reported £30m asking price for Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic, he’ll have a lot of all three above-mentioned forwards’ attributes combined in one player. With the exception of Walcott’s blinding speed.
The exciting striker comes with a lofty price tag but Wenger should look at it as an investment. Jovetic is only 23-years-old and with excellent dribbling skills, control, vision and the ability to finish well, the young man could be groomed into the next Thierry Henry. He is versatile enough to play as an out-and-out striker or as a deep-lying forward.
Jovetic has all the ability and talent to slot right into the Emirates system and while he has scored 12 goals in 26 Serie A games, that tally would almost certainly improve with the likes of Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla providing the assists.
The 23-year-old has hinted that he wouldn’t be opposed to a move to the Emirates. He told reporters before Montenegro met England in the World Cup qualifier:
“I’ve heard about Arsenal’s interest. It’s a big pleasure for me to be on the radar of such a big club. I am happy about that.
“I’ve always had an affinity with Arsenal. It’s a major club with a big tradition, one of the biggest in Europe.”
However, Arsenal will face stern competition for the player’s signature with Juventus, Inter and AC Milan as well as Manchester City reportedly interested in the Montenegrin talent.
Wenger will have a reported £70m transfer kitty to work with during the summer and if he is going to bring Jovetic to the Emirates, he’ll have to dig deep and smash Arsenal’s transfer record.
The Frenchman is tipped to spend big in the summer, though, and landing the forward will certainly signal Arsenal’s intent for next season.
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