Arsenal's Serie A transfer targets: Scout report

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is know to spend a huge chunk of his free time studying football across the continent at his Totteridge home, surely he was tuned into a marathon Tuesday of  Serie A action to check on a number of interesting transfer targets.

Wenger has been closely linked with the likes of Paulo Dybala and Stephan El Shaarawy in recent weeks, while a quick look at the Derby D'Italia between Juventus and Inter Milan would have given him the chance to watch Lukas Podolski make his debut for the Nerazzurri.

The Gunners boss could do with a versatile forward to replace Podolski and the most likely outgoing Yaya Sanogo, but did Serie A's first action in 2015 offer up any potential solutions to that problem?

Paulo Dybala - Palermo 5-0 Cagliari

Argentine sensation Paulo Dybala continued his hot streak with a tremendous performance against Cagliari, scoring twice to condemn visiting boss Gianfranco Zola to the worst possible start to his life in charge of the Sicilians.

Dybala tucked home a composed penalty and took his tally for the season to nine late on, hammering home from close range after meeting a clever flick-on from Franco Vazquez.

Only Carlos Tevez has scored more times than the 21-year-old in Serie A so far this term, the technically-gifted young forward is well on his way to becoming a genuine superstar if he keeps playing like this on a regular basis.

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Stephan El Shaarawy - AC Milan 1-2 Sassuolo

AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy was challenged to pick up where he left in the marquee friendly with Real Madrid when the Serie A campaign resumed yesterday, but he fell well short of that standard in a poor display.

El Shaarawy played 70 minutes in a truly shocking performance from the Rossoneri, who slipped to a home defeat against lowly Sassuolo and in truth were well beaten.

The 22-year-old played in an advanced wide role and struggled to make any impact, failing to register a single shot at goal before being replaced by Giampaolo Pazzini.

On this evidence Arsenal should steer well clear of the talented young forward, who has flattered to deceive all season long.

Udinese 0-1 Roma - Centre-backs shine in problem position for Arsenal

The Gunners desperately need a centre-back with authority and the ability to lead by example, they could do far worse than watch Roma's performance in Udinese in yesterday's early kick-off.

Giallorossi duo Kostas Manolas and Davide Astori were absolutely outstanding for the visitors, keeping a clean sheet despite a swathe of late pressure from the hosts.

Wenger missed out on Manolas in the summer and that now looks like a silly decision, but Astori would likely still be up for grabs at the right price.

Kevin Strootman was also solid in a rare start since returning from injury, another player that Wenger will be keeping a close eye on despite his love-in with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.

Paul Pogba - Juventus 1-1 Inter

Forgive me for drifting off slightly into the realms of fantasy here, but Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has just about every quality Arsenal so desperately need to take them to the next level.

Pogba was superb despite Juve failing to record a victory in the Derby D'Italia, composed in possession and playing with strength, energy and positional awareness that the Gunners sorely lack in the middle of the park at this present moment.

Yes the former Man United academy graduate would cost a fortune and yes there is serious competition for his signature, but can you imagine what a statement it would be if Wenger were to break the bank for Pogba in 2015? Wishful thinking I know, but Arsenal fans can dare to dream about this one.


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