Arsenal are being linked with Nolito but they should look elsewhere

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When Spain hosted England in last month's friendly, the game didn't kick into life until Celta Vigo forward, Nolito, was introduced with around 20 minutes to go.

His arrival sparked a quicker tempo from Spain and led them to a comfortable 2-0 victory. There was a lot of hype around Nolito before the game, but some felt it was unjustified. After the game, his doubters started believing he might just be as good as the Spanish media would have you believe.

He's been constantly linked with Barcelona for the past year or so, without a concrete answer from the Catalans on whether the rumours were true or not. When Nolito first proclaimed his desire to move to the Camp Nou, no-one thought it would ever happen, but recently Barcelona have revealed their desire for a versatile forward and Nolito fits the description perfectly.


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But the seemingly inevitable transfer to Barcelona seems to have been put in jeopardy over the past few weeks with Arsenal reportedly interested in the Spanish international. But in spite of all the injuries at Arsenal, do they really need him?

Not a typical Wenger purchase

Young, athletic and cheap seems to be the requirements for Arsene Wenger in the transfer market - Nolito doesn't really fit that criteria. At 29, he's at the latter stages of his career, lost some of his pace and would probably command a fairly hefty transfer fee, so it would be hugely out of character for Wenger to make a move for him.

As well as not being to Wenger's taste, Nolito isn't really what Arsenal need - they already have plenty of forwards. He generally operates in wide areas, a position where Arsenal already have Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey to pick from.

If Nolito were to move to the Emirates, it would be yet another example of Wenger failing to realise his side's weak areas.

Barcelona a perfect fit for Nolito

Whereas Arsenal represent a complete mismatch for Nolito, Barcelona would seem a more suitable destination. Barca are desperate for an experienced forward to step in should either Neymar, Luis Suarez or Lionel Messi get injured.

It may seem strange that Nolito would want to move from a club where he's the star player, to a side where he'll struggle to get a game, but he realises better than anyone that time is running out. He has the confidence that suggests he believes he belongs at a club like Barcelona, and at 29 he won't have many seasons at the top left in him.

If the apparently unavoidable move to Barcelona does happen - whether he plays or not - it will undoubtedly be a better option than a move to Arsenal.

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