Arsenal fans have every right to feel aggrieved with their side’s business dealings in the transfer markets of the last few years.
With the exception of Mesut Ozil Arsene Wenger has been largely frugal due to the shackles encompassed with the fallout of the move to the Emirates Stadium, and as a result they’ve struggled to maintain parity with their closest rivals in terms of overall quality.
However 2014 promises to be an mould-breaking year for the Gunners with regards to the financial outlay the club is happy to sanction, and supporters would be forgiven for expecting to see some mouth-watering deals in the pipeline by the time the summer rolls around.
Perhaps the most hotly anticipated acquisition is of course that of a high-profile striker. The likes of Luis Suarez, Karim Benzema and Diego Costa have all been linked with moves to north London in recent times, and with the need to alleviate some of the substantial pressure on the shoulders of current frontman Olivier Giroud growing, it would seem that the purchase of someone who can promise goals will be the first port of call.
It may concern some then, that the name mentioned most prolifically with regards to a summer transfer is that of Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata. The 21-year-old is billed as something of a precocious talent in Spain, and considering the chance of him breaking up the breathtaking triumvirate of Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale anytime soon are slim, it makes sense to assume that he is open to the idea of moving to pastures new.
Except it doesn’t make sense, not to assume that Arsenal is his next logical destination anyhow. Not for an Arsenal fan at least.
The young striker has talent - the fact that he’s survived this long at the Bernabeu bears adequate testament to that. But is he ready to cope with the rigours that Premier League football is famous for? Far more experienced professionals than he have crumbled under the weight of expectation in England’s top flight and his lack of pedigree is alarming.
Arsenal fans have every right to expect a blockbuster alternative to the dismal Nicklas Bendtner and frankly raw Yaya Sanogo. Morata, no matter how much potential he may carry, does not fall into the category of blockbuster.
In fact from a critical point of view the purchase of the Los Blancos prodigy makes no sense at all. It’s beyond the realms of possibility to think that Madrid will let him leave for anything less than a price which reflects how good he could be in years to come, and when stats are taken into account the fact that Morata has only managed five senior goals in his whole career does not make for optimistic reading.
There’s no questioning that he has the tools to become a hit in the future, and the fact that he has been afforded first-team opportunities with Real this year throws weight behind the theory that he will one day represent a very real danger to defences.
But whilst that’s all well and good you have to question Wenger’s judgement if he believes that Morata will be capable of firing Arsenal to the Premier League title next year. If he’s bought in as an understudy to another summer arrival, say Robin van Persie, then it’s a project which will more than likely bear fruits at some point down the line, otherwise his purchase may be one that provides Gunners fans with ultimate frustration.