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Emirates Stadium boss reverts to type with interest in players who will not improve current Gunners squad.
Last summer Arsene Wenger did the unthinkable. Instead of looking to scout out a talent who many had not heard of, in order to in theory make the most of untapped potential that would in turn lead to said player becoming a household name, the Arsenal boss opted to spend decent sums on quality established individuals.
The Gunners boss spent upwards of £35m to bring in Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, with generally positive results. Of course the North London club then decided to sell Robin Van Persie and Alex Song to more than balance the books as well as simultaneously angering the club’s supporters and effectively ending any Premier League title hopes before the season had even began.
German daily Bild believes that Arsene Wenger is very keen on Mainz striker Adám Szalai, a player the Arsenal boss may mistakenly believe will help boost the club’s striking options.
The Hungarian international may well have hit a decent run of form, with nine Bundelsiga goals this season, but is he really the calibre of player that will make up for the loss of Van Persie? The 6ft 4in target man managed just eight goals for Mainz prior to the current campaign.
Wenger may hope that Theo Walcott could resolve the need for a striker purchase as the England attacker has impressed when used up front in recent weeks, of course his contract runs out in six months so that could be something of an issue.
One does wonder why Arsenal didn’t attempt to bring in Demba Ba or Daniel Sturridge to boost their attacking options.