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Arsenal should sign Pato to bolster their title hopes

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Pato has rediscovered his AC Milan form at Corinthians (©GettyImages)
Pato has rediscovered his AC Milan form at Corinthians (©GettyImages).

It is clear for all to see, especially to Arsenal fans, that the club require a few additions come January and one concerning positions that needs to be filled is up front.

Olivier Giroud the only one that seems to be capable of successfully filling that role as he has featured in 15 games already this season.

Giroud does not appear to have any competition for his place as Nicklas Bendtner has flattered to deceive when he has featured.

A growing injury list which includes the likes of Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski means Arsene Wenger has little choice but to pick Giroud over and over again even when he's carrying minor injuries. 

Alexandre Rodrigues da Silva - better know as Pato - could fit the bill and would be a very useful acquisition if Arsenal go in for him in January.

He is the polar opposite to Giroud; he is quick, skilful and a very good manipulator of the ball - he can also play in several positions; as a target man, or just off the front as well as on either flank.

Pato, who currently plays his football back in his native Brazil for League Champions Corinthians, has been a topic of much speculation in recent days and it has been rumoured he could favour a move to the Premier League if clubs were to come calling. 

The Brazilian International is most remembered for his time at Italian giants AC Milan where he spent 6 fruitful years in Serie A, scoring 51 goals in 117 appearances for the club.

In his last season he struggled to get regular games and became frustrated he was later sold to Corinthians for a fee believed to be around £12.2 million.

He decided to move back to Brazil to regain some form as he had struggled in 2011-2012 where he only managed 4 goals in 18 games and had also suffered with a few injuries.

He seems like a new player at Corinthians where he looks fresh and has his appetite back again. He has scored 16 goals for his new club and is believed to be catching the eye of several Premier League clubs including Arsenal who are rumoured to be ready to go head to head with local rivals Tottenham for his signature.

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