Arsenal linked with Fabio Quagliarella transfer swoop

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Much has been written about Arsenal's pursuit of a new striker this summer in recent weeks. The north London club look short of options in attack, and will certainly need a new forward if they hope to compete for the Premier League title next season.

That much is obvious, but the much harder question to answer is; who is the right man for the job? Plenty of names have been mentioned, from Carlos Vela to Karim Benzema via Mario Balotelli, but as it stands we're no closer to finding out what exactly Arsene Wenger is thinking.

Things may get even more confusing in the coming days with reports emerging that another name is on Arsenal's radar. According to El Mundo Deportivo, the Gunners have reignited their long-standing interest in Fabio Quagliarella.

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He's been linked with a move to Arsenal at various points over the past few years, and now it seems as they are interested once more in securing his services.

So what do we know about the 31-year-old? Well, he's been with Juventus for the last four seasons having joined the Old Lady from Napoli. In that time he's started just 42 games and been used as a substitute 42 times, scoring 23 times in the process.

TalkSPORT have previously claimed that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had been scouting Quagliarella during last season ahead of a potential swoop, and given that he only has one year left on his contract he is likely to be available on the cheap.

Add in the fact that Juventus have an embarrassment of riches in attack and Quagliarella's game time is likely to dwindle even further, a transfer away from Turin seems perfectly plausible.

The man for the job?

However, it's time to get real. Arsenal need a big-name striker and they need one soon, so wasting their time on an ageing player who is not going to improve on their current options is pointless.

Of course in all this you have to consider the fact that the link is most likely coming from Quagliarella's agent. Having his client associated with Arsenal not only makes him seem more desirable but will also flush out any other potential suitors. Bluntly put, Quagliarella isn't an Arsenal type of player - and even if he was viewed as a squad player, the move for the much younger Carlos Vela at a bargain £3.5 million makes more sense in that respect. 

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