Arsene Wenger hopes to bring established star name to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are said to be keen on AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato as Arsene Wenger looks to bring in effective attacking options to help share the goal-scoring load with captain Robin Van Persie.
The North London club are keen to bring in striking reinforcements to help persuade the Dutch international of the club’s ambition and hopefully convince the 28 year old goal machine to put pen to paper on a new deal. The former Feyenoord man has less than 18 months to run on his current deal and Wenger may be worried that prospective suitors are set to approach the striker in the summer.
Though Wenger is known for being frugal when it comes to using his transfer budget funds a move for Pato appears to excite the Frenchman as the Brazilian is a player who though still young, 22 years of age, has a great deal of experience under his belt. The AC Milan man has notched up over 130 appearances for the Rossoneri and is a regular in Mano Menezes’s national team set-up.
Pato may well consider a move to the Emirates Stadium after losing his regular first team slot at the San Siro and indeed much speculation has surrounded his possibly inclusion in a deal to bring Carlos Tevez to the Serie A title holders.
The former Internacional man could well be the ideal player to line up alongside Van Persie and such a signing would surely prove to the Arsenal skipper that the Gunners are still capable, and willing, to make moves for experienced and established big name players.
Summer signing Gervinho has on occasion impressed since his move from Lille to Arsenal but the Ivory Coast international is incredibly wasteful in front of goal and may actually work better in a wide role. South Korean Park Chu-Young has barely had a look in. Marouane Chamakh has gone off the boil and may well be on his way back to Ligue 1 in January and loaned out pair Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela are not likely to return, hence the need to bring in alternative attacking options.
Robin Van Persie has scored 18 goals this season, which is almost 50% of the club’s total tally.