Could Mauro Icardi be Arsenal's missing link?

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Arsenal have been linked with a January move for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, and it could be a bit of business that proves vital for the Gunners.

Every Arsenal fan will tell you the summer transfer window was a bit of a disaster for the club. It started well with the arrival of Petr Cech, but once again Arsene Wenger didn't sign what was needed. A defensive midfielder and a striker.

It was well documented they wanted to lure Karim Benzema to the Emirates Stadium, but there was no plan B.


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Striker Options at Arsenal

So with the transfer window shut until January, Wenger will have to make do with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott. They would have had Danny Welbeck as well, but he's just had surgery and is likely to miss the next few months.

According to reports this morning, Wenger has highlighted Inter Milan star Icardi as a potential January signing. The 22-year-old finished as Serie A's top goalscorer last season with 22 goals.

Icardi to the Emirates?

Could Icardi be the right fit for Arsenal? Well, he'd certainly be a wise addition to add depth to the squad.

In 58 league appearances for Inter, Icardi has netted 32 goals, so he has got an eye for the goal which is what Arsenal need.

Yes Giroud and Walcott can score goals, and they both do score goals, but they don't have the best goals-to-game ratio and it also takes them three attempts to score one goal.

Walcott, for example, could have scored four yesterday but only netted one, and Giroud could have easily had two but only got the one.

This is where Icardi could be different. He's more clinical in front of goal.

Risk Worth Taking

You could say Serie A is an easier league, and you would probably have a point as a lot of strikers have gone to England and flopped. Remember Andriy Shevchenko at Chelsea?

However with just two strikers at the club right now, Icardi is a risk worth taking for Arsenal. With the money they didn't spend over the summer, they must be able to meet Inter's asking price.

He may not be a stand-out name like Benzema or Edinson Cavani, but he certainly knows where the goal is.


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