Alvaro Morata reiterates joy at Juventus move - transfer move

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Arsenal spent a large majority of this summer’s transfer window desperately trying to find a striker who could provide competition and support for Olivier Giroud.

Eventually it was Danny Welbeck, signed on deadline day from Manchester United, who alleviated their woes and will now act as the de facto replacement for Giroud whilst he recovers from injury.

Morata rejection

However Gunners fans know that Welbeck was far from being the first-choice on Wenger’s hit-list as he looked ahead to this season, and the Frenchman only turned his eyes to him when it became apparent there was no one else suitably positioned to make the switch.

And now, as if to rub salt into the wounds, former Real Madrid starlet Alvaro Morata has revealed to the Italian media that he is delighted he made a move to Juventus rather than anywhere else, despite the fact he suffered a lengthy injury before he could even find his feet.

The young Spaniard was a top target of Arsenal’s over the course of the summer months, and at certain points it was even reported that he had agreed a move to the Emirates Stadium in his bid for first-team football. Ultimately though he rejected them, and has said that Juventus was the best possible team he could play for.

Having sustained a knee injury in his first training session with Juve Morata took a while to adjust to his new surroundings, but will now be looking to return strongly.

Giroud deal

On a lighter note it would appear that the aforementioned Giroud won’t be abandoning the Gunners anytime soon, as he’s been offered a new deal worth £90,000-a-week.

The France international has yet to prove he can follow in the footsteps of the likes of Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry, but his status as a senior member of the squad means Wenger will be desperate to retain his services.

Given the fact that Giroud is the only seasoned head up top the Gunners faithful would have been loathe to see him sold unless an adequate replacement was purchased, and so Wenger's decision is likely to have gone down well.

Of course that doesn’t mean Arsenal aren’t going to move for another striker in January, with sensational claims speculating that Edinson Cavani is to be the subject of a huge bid. Will the PSG star fix the problem which has haunted Wenger since he allowed Van Persie to leave? Only time will tell.

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