Arsenal Could Still Sign Alvaro Morata As An Emergency Striker Option
The Gunners Need To Sort The Situations Of Aubameyang And Nketiah And Then Sign A Striker
All the while, Arsenal is letting players depart the club at an alarming rate. They are having difficulty bringing anybody else into the club themselves. Except for goalkeeper Matt Turner, who will not be joining the Gunners in January and will join as the club’s number two stopper from the New England Revolution in the summer, things are calm on the north London front. There are stories still linking Alvaro Morata to the Emirates.
The most talked-about player is the striker. Aubameyang has piqued the curiosity of both Barcelona and Juventus. Both teams have made formal offers to Arsenal to recruit him on a loan deal until the conclusion of the current season. These are offers that the club is taking into consideration.
Then there’s Eddie Nketiah. The attacker is still at the club right now. The Newcastle links are strong. The player may even travel to Tyneside over the weekend to finalise the transaction.
Alvaro Morata signed as an emergency striker on loan from Atletico Madrid, amid a centre-forward crisis at the club
As a result, Arsenal is looking for alternatives. Allowing the aforementioned duo to go would be nothing short of insanity unless someone else intervened, which is proving to be a tough operation to execute. This wardrobe renovation is both exhilarating and long needed. But you don’t go on a buying binge without first planning what you’ll wear in the future.
Given the fact that long-term striker objectives are likely to be put on hold until the summer if the club wants to infuse some goals into the centre-forward position, a good old’ stop-gap could be their best chance. It’s not perfect, and it never will be, but it’s what has to be done. Even more so when you find yourself in a predicament that you created for yourself.
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At present, Aubameyang is in Barcelona, Spain. He is trying to make an away move. Whether the Catalan giants sign him or Juve does, remains to be seen. It does seem that his Arsenal days are over though.
To be honest, it is a desperate avenue to go down for Alvaro Morata.
According to the Times, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United have all been approached about signing the Atletico Madrid striker on a short-term contract. There are the circumstances under which Barcelona is willing to recruit Morata, their major goal, this month. Thus the reasons for refusing to allow him to join them must be based on a desire not to enhance a competitive position.
Despite this, as desperation sets in and the need for a replacement for Lacazette gets even greater, the guy largely regarded as the worst striker to ever play for Chelsea isn’t exactly leaping out of the pages of a footballing magazine.
Morata has some very awful moments in games. It is these that stand out more than his better performances. He can be productive, 23 goals in 50 appearances for Spain is an impressive record. But he can also be quite annoying at times. The most essential thing to remember about him is how lacklustre he was the last time he appeared in the Premier League.
Despite having extensive experience throughout Europe, his inability to adapt to English football has hurt him. Further, his public disdain for the capital isn’t very reassuring as well. Given that he failed during his prime, the odds are stacked against him. The chances of Morata making a spectacular comeback at the age of 29 are quite low.
On the other hand, does Arsenal have much of a choice?