Pato would be foolish to choose Tottenham over Arsenal

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With north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur set to go head-to-head for the signature of Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato in January, the young Brazilian must think very carefully about which of his suitors possesses the brightest future.

At 24, the former AC Milan star cannot afford to make the wrong transfer choice, as he looks to book his place at the 2014 World Cup in his homeland next summer.

With 16 goals in 51 first-team appearances since joining Corinthians at the turn of the year, Pato was recalled to Luiz Felipe Scolari's national side for the recent friendlies against Portugal and Australia.

Now back in the international fold, it's important the talented forward doesn't jeopardise his chances of inclusion in Brazil's 23-man squad.

After falling out of first-team favour under the stewardship of Massimiliano Allegri in Milan, Pato decided to leave San Siro in January 2013, in order to guarantee himself regular action.

Twelve months later, and the re-emergence of one of the brightest young starlets to come out of Serie 'A' has attracted a number of admiring glances from the Premier League, with Arsene Wenger and Andre Villas-Boas both reportedly keen on Pato.

With a growing contingent of South American players opting to ply their respective trades in England's top-flight, there is plenty of reasons to be optimistic that Pato would be able to settle in the country.

However, a January move less than six months before the World Cup does represent something of a gamble, with Pato under no illusions that he'll need to hit the ground running, if he is to remain in Scolari's plans.

A move to Spurs would arguably be the bigger risk, given the huge influx of new players at White Hart Lane. Pato could find himself in a similar situation to Jermain Defoe at the moment, on the fringes of the starting XI, and having to settle primarily for domestic Cup and Europa League action.

Tottenham's rigid tactics, and cautious style of play, might also not suit Pato's skill-set, and the huge competition for attacking midfield places will offer him fewer chances to impress.

By contrast, Arsenal have an obvious vacancy for a back-up to Olivier Giroud at the fulcrum of their attack, and Wenger has been much more willing to interchange his supporting cast of fluid forwards.

The £42.5million signing of Mesut Ozil has given the Gunners a new lease of life in 2013/14, and with the club sitting proudly atop the Premier League table after 10 games, Pato's prospects should be better served at the Emirates Stadium.

Of course, staying where he is, back in his homeland - at least until after the World Cup - is another, more sensible option, that Pato might wish to consider. But, if the latest comments from Corinthians director Roberto de Andrade are anything to go by, then he probably won't even get that opportunity.

”Considering his value, I think it's hard that he moves to another Brazilian club," he told Radio Bandeirantes.

"If those two clubs [Arsenal and Tottenham] are interested in Pato, we don't rule out selling him in the winter transfer market.”

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