Premier League giants Arsenal should opt against signing Napoli captain Marek Hamsik.
The 27-year-old has established himself as one of the finest midfielders in Serie A over the past few years and has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, but with a plethora of options at his disposal Wenger should instead focus on strengthening in other positions.
Rafael Benitez’s men slumped to a disappointing defeat away to AC Milan on Sunday evening, and needs every member of the squad fit and firing if they are to finish in the Champions League slots come the end of the season in May.
Instead of focusing his efforts of signing yet another attacking midfielder, Wenger should instead prioritise signing a defender and central midfielder when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.
The failure to sign the latter over the summer irked many of the Arsenal faithful, and has been a major factor in the Gunners’ sluggish start to the season with the Londoners currently 13 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea.
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Recruiting Hamsik would be a huge mistake with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil all capable of performing in the same role as Napoli’s Slovakian talisman, and the risk of parting with big money for his services could backfire.
The North London outfit should instead turn their attentions to signing Sami Khedira from Real Madrid, with the German international free to sign a contract with another club in January.
Defeat to Milan on Sunday was Napoli’s first in the league since September, but still saw them drop from the lofty heights of third to seventh in the standings.
Hamisk is an integral member of Benitez’s squad having scored goals in every season at the San Paolo stadium, with his leadership and experience key if they are to fend off the competition and finish at least third come May.
Keeping all of his star performers at the club is the biggest job the Spaniard is facing, and that need could intensify if they allow Swansea loanee Michu to return to the Premier League with Neil Warnock’s Crystal Palace.
They could yet sign Fernando Torres on loan if Milan decide to cut their losses on the struggling Spaniard, but selling key assets could seriously harm their hopes of securing European football in Naples next term.
The final decision over whether to push on with a bid ultimately lies with Wenger, but the Frenchman would do well to evaluate his own players before parting with yet more money.
Fans of the club would be unlikely to tolerate another unnecessary addition at such an important stage of the season, and it could be the transfer window that makes or breaks his time at the club.