Arsenal must drop their interest in £7m Liverpool target

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It's almost become an annual theme that a striker from a foreign league comes to the Premier League and ends up failing to make the grade.

The list of flops in recent years range in skill from those who were expected to thrive in what's considered the toughest division in the world to the individuals who in truth never really had a chance.

By now then one would, as a general rule, assume that the majority of teams who don't have to settle for little-known bargains from Europe's lesser leagues wouldn't, and that the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, United and City would concentrate their efforts of giving themselves the best possible chance of spending their millions of players who have the best possible chance of making the grade.

For me Arsenal target Konstantinos Mitroglou does not fall into that bracket of player.

To offer a brief overview of the forward, he's a 25-year-old goalscorer who currently plies his trade quite efficiently for Olympiacos.

And whilst he does have a personal tally that's fairly easy on the eye, in my mind there's several reasons why he's not cut out for the rigours of Premier League life- especially not with a team who are currently defying the odds in this year's title tilt.

It's true that Arsene Wenger does need to bring in a striker in the January transfer window to ease the burden of responsibility currently on the shoulders of Olivier Giroud, but surely even the Frenchman must know that this decision is perhaps one of the biggest in his career so far.

A duff buy could oh so easily come back to haunt him if Giroud does fall victim to long-term injury of a bout of fatigue, whereas the right choice is certain to further boost the chances of the Gunners claiming their first Premier League title since the 2003/04 season.

Nicklas Bendtner, despite the acclaim surrounding last night's exploits against Hull City, should realistically be given a forceful boot out of the door in January and let's face it; Yano Sanogo isn't yet ready to lead the line when called upon.

So the need for a new forward is one that holds paramount importance for Wenger over the course of January. However I'll stress once more; he must make the right choice.

Mitroglou, though capable of performing well above the average standard in the Greek Super League (he has 14 in 10 games this campaign), can't be seen as having the potential to achieve the same feats in the Premier League.

Rated at £7million, and also on the radar at Liverpool, the star in question pales in terms of credentials when he's compared to the other names rumoured to be on Wenger's list. And the negatives don't stop there.

Aside from this year Mitroglou's resume is far from rosy. Prior to last season- wherein he netted 11 times in 25 matches- the Greece international had been on loan twice at minnows Panionios and Atromitos, preceded by his initial spell at Olympiacos where he struggled for first-team action; not exactly usual Arsenal transfer target criteria.

I'm all for rooting for an underdog, and I'll happily eat my words if Mitroglou were to join Arsenal and fire them to the title, but I just can't see it happening.

Now sitting pretty at the top of the league fans of the north London outfit could be forgiven for thinking that players with the class of Karim Benzema and Luis Suarez might be drawn to the Emirates this winter.

What they may get if Arsene Wenger retains his interest however is a forward who may just rival the man he's replacing as the most ill-suited player- in terms of his status at a big club- in the Premier League.

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