Arsenal need a striker, not a defender

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I know you're all expecting another article about how Arsenal need a defender, and how pursuing anyone else before bringing at least two defenders is naive. I'll be honest, I agree; Arsenal need at least on centre back and a defensive midfielder.

But with all football fans singing off the same hymn sheet in regards to the Gunners defence, I'm going to look at what Mattia Destro can bring to the already talented Arsenal attack, rather than just keep saying how they need a defender. 

Star in the making

Mattia Destro, 23, is finally showing us what he can do in the Serie A. After just two goals in 16 games for his first club Genoa in the 2010/11 season, he moved to Siena, where, although only staying for one season, scored 12 goals in 30 appearances. It was this clinical form that got him a move to one of the biggest and most historic clubs in world football, AS Roma.

At Roma, he's scored almost one goal every two games. It is no wonder then that because of this clinical form, potential suitors have been scouting the young Italian and the latest clubs to declare interest in the hitman is Arsenal. 


At Roma, he plays as a lone striker, with ex-Arsenal winger Gervinho one side of him, pacey talisman Iturbe the other, and creative genius Pjanic behind him. That formation sound familiar? He plays in the exact same formation as current Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck.

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Ok, I know Arsenal have just bought a striker, and a good one at that. At just £16m, Welbeck was one of the bargains of the summer, so would Arsene Wenger then invest in another striker? Well lets face it, you can never have too many strikers. I'm sure City fans don't complain about have a wide array of attacking talent, and I'm sure, should this deal go ahead, neither will any Gooners.

At around £20m, Destro is not the cheapest of players, but his decent scoring record won't come at a cheap price, and he looks like a perfect fit for any Arsenal side. Good on the ball, quick, and quite an impressive beard, he certainly has the attributes to succeed at Arsenal.

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