Can Lavezzi signing help Arsenal cover the loss of Walcott?

The ideal signing by DS

First off I should begin by saying that I am absolutely gutted by Theo’s injury. He was one of my favourite Arsenal players as he was so different to everyone else in our first team and simply offers something else to our attack. So I wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully we can maintain our title charge to win him a Premier League medal.

The question now, however, is how do we respond to his injury. I personally believe we need to sign a replacement now. We have a striker shortage as it is plus, as Theo is out for such a long period of time, we don’t know how good he’ll be when he eventually comes back (remember Eduardo?). Don’t get me wrong, players like Ox, Gnabry and even Miyaichi can do a job for a while for us, I just don’t think they’re good enough or experienced enough (yet) to help us maintain a title push for the rest of the season. I especially don’t want to put too much pressure on Chambo until he’s fully recovered from his injury.

This leads me on to who I believe Arsenal’s ideal signing this January would be – Ezequiel Lavezzi. He plays primarily as a winger for PSG but can also play as a striker (so his versatility would be useful should Giroud pick up a knock). He is lightning quick, skilful and a good finisher. He’s 29 years old, so he’s experienced as well, but crucially he could be available this transfer window (as he has fallen out of favour at PSG since their signing of Cavani) and would probably command a fee of around £10-15m.

He has just rejected a move to Inter Milan, but they only sit 6th in Serie A currently and aren’t even in the CL at the minute so that is not particularly surprising. As such I think (and hope) that he would jump at the chance to join an Arsenal side chasing the title.

What do you think Gooners? Do you have any better suggestions on who we could sign this January?

Dom

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91 thoughts on “Can Lavezzi signing help Arsenal cover the loss of Walcott?

    1. Delatobz

      I don’t see Lavezzi as an Arsene Wenger type of player. Heard about the Sidney Sam-Draxler news and I really hope he comes to us. I suspect Wenger’s final great act will be turning young Julian into a Centre Forward. He is clever with his movements, strong, gifted technically, quality finisher and has decent acceleration on him. Fingers crossed.

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      1. graham

        Delatobz, exactly what I have been thinking.

        We have enough creative midfielders and like you I can only think Wenger wants to turn him into a center forward

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  1. Gooner Cape Town

    29….?????? Shouldn’t we be looking at longer term for more success. There are others around, yet few now, but in summer!!!

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    1. cYphEr

      right now we need to concentrate on short term targets to see out the season and win the title(s)…..but i think that we should try to loan him with a buy in option….and after the season’s over send him back to pursue long term targets fitting gunner’s bill…..won’t cost us much and fulfill our needs too….wat say??

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  2. No10

    More noises around Draxler to Arsenal. Schalke just signed a replacement but the move may only happen in the summer.

    DiMaria is a good prospect too.

    There are options out there for strikers.

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  3. AlmiR

    draxler is ours, he wants us, but he wont come in jan, personaly i will be delighted with martinez, and draxler in summer, we are making machine!!!

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  4. AidanGooner

    “He was one of my favourite Arsenal players as he was so different to everyone else” – dude, he’s not dead.

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  5. Simon_MrMac

    Draxler looks the real deal – get him now!

    Look lets be honest Arsenal are in an amazing position, and thats due to hard work, skill, team togetherness – BUT ALSO because Man U have fallen apart, and Man C, and Chelsea are still getting use to new managers-

    We need to act now-

    If they don’t want to let their player go mid-season – I totally understand – but the reality is we make them an offer they can’t refuse. Play hard-ball – if the deal isn’t signed yet – we sign him now or not at all-

    Thats how business works- Sure cost us a few extra million, but that can easily be recouped from extra success this year – and even if the worst were to happen, and we didn’t win anything despite his arrival – he will be totally integrated into team for next season – not wasting half season to get into the groove!

    Do it!

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  6. Matt

    We have three wingers, Podolski, Chamberlain and Gnabry and Cazorla can also play LW. I personally do not believe we need a winger simply because I’d love to see Chamberlain and Gnabry step up! We really need a striker though more than anything.

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  7. Matt

    And here’s a killer question for you! If it was your choice, in the summer, would you rather we signed Suarez or Ozil, either one or the other?

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      1. fezzo afc x

        Love ozil great signing but Suarez would have put us out of reach by end of feb !

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      2. Ks-Gunner

        this question needs to be forbiden !!! I think we all know that we are more in a need of a suarez , but i can not complain ,ozil is the man.

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    1. alwaysagunner

      their transfer fees werent the same.. And anybody can argue for both sides,. But I think, for one of the best midfielders if not the best, 40m is a bargain..

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  8. Arsenal Fan

    Draxler was seen recently getting a guided tour of Emirates. Read into this what you will.

    All I know is if we get Draxler and Morata this month I would expect us to be serious threat on all fronts.

    I don’t expect something ‘big’ to occur as we can’t go upsetting what we have achieved so far (top of League).

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  9. muffdiver

    sidney sam is going schalke in the summer.
    that means draxler is leaving in the summer.
    unless we fork out 40 mill(wont happen) he aint coming in jan

    its nice to think di maria draxler an costa would come in jan but na
    if they did i would eat my hat (its big fluffy an has a feather in it)

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  10. nyc

    draxler is the next real BIG thing. he will terrorize the opposition on that left wing… he has amazing technical qualities and ranked 2nd in europe for most successful dribbles. he has a lethal left foot and a thunderous long range shot…. he don’t want to come to us in january as he has clearly stated in an interview that it could tarnish his place at the worldcup because its very risky to move to a new country, new club and new league with world cup 6 months away. i am sure he is coming in summer. wenger is in contact with him personally (stated by the same reporter who said that draxler was shown around the emirates and was very impressed)… we have everything. just need a worldclass striker to complete the puzzle.

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  11. Greg

    Has not been consistant this season for psg! And i dont think he is the player we are looking for! I would rather di maria! Coyg!

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  12. leo

    Abou Diaby, not making good progress & is expected to be out for the whole season crap

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    1. leo

      diaby’s contract ends in 2015 arsenal looking at xabi alosno (player wanted 2 join us before moving to madrid his move was blocked by benitnez) arsenal scouts are also looking at william carvalho & lars bender

      pogba would be a dream signing but looks difficult

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      1. Archangel

        just give it up abou..I’m sorry, but if its not ment to be, its not ment to be…

        how old is alonso?

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      2. AlanFrank

        Alonso isn’t gunna leave Madrid until the summer they need him especially with kedira being injured. William Carvalho is about the only thing I’ve read that I belive we’ve been scouting him for a while but with sporting top of the Portuguese league I can’t see that happening till next summer.

        Pogba if he did ever become available the whole world would want him.

        William Carvalho is also more of a DM would be a great replacement for frimpong if he is released at the end of the season and also sell Coqulin permanently. Think he could really push for a place in the starting 11 especially with another 6 months at sporting under his belt.

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  13. leo

    Schalke sign Sidney Sam from Leverksen. Winger will arrive in summer for Fee £2.1m Sam’s move to Schalke seen as a sideways move in Germany Enhances Draxler exit rumours

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        1. Twig

          Yeah, I know. But he’ll be itching to play games straightaway. Wouldn’t he affect Podolski’s development? :D

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          1. Ks-Gunner

            Eisfeld is pure class.People where calling for Wenger to replace him with Ramsey , the kid is good and scores regulary .sooner or later he will get his chance

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  14. Twig

    “He’s 29 years old, so he’s experienced as well,…”
    Speaking about experience, we could also go for Ciprian Marica, Emilie Heskey (yeah, he’s still playing) or Shola Ameobi. They have top level “experience” in the best leagues in the world as well.

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  15. royalman

    We need a good scorer, we shouldn’t forget we just lost theo one of our best goal scorer.

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  16. leo

    i think arsenal should get jackson martinez & in summer go for manduzkic we are short in terms of striker & with lewandowski joining them he will leave

    jackson martinez wants 2 join us we should go for him he is seen as an alternative 4 costa + don’t think we should develop players for other clubs (morata – madrid)

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  17. ARSENAL 4 LIFE

    @Leo, arsenal have made enquiry on martinez fee from porto…

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    1. leo

      @arsenal 4 life really good but think wenger’s first target is costa alternative for martinez

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  18. Invincibles49

    Ahh enough with it already!! Why don’t that fact that we are not going to sign anyone in this January going through your thick skulled protected brains gooners ? Sign him, sign that, linked with that blah blah blah. I seems like the whole of world class footballers are either linked or want to come to arsenal or we want to sign. WHOLE !! Sick of this already. Let’s move on and make peace with the fact we will have to win the PL from this team only minus Walcott!!

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  19. Invincibles49

    If our Arsenal would get 1 pound for every rumor of signing someone we would have been the richest club in the world by now !! Jeez

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    1. jaxko123

      Keep you hair on mate, i think its clear to everyone including wenger that we need to buy someone now if were gona win the league. And also remember that theres usually no smoke without a fire.

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  20. muffdiver

    people that dont realise how gd draxler is an the potential.
    il put it like this. we missed out on ronaldo when he was at lisbon…this is what i equate julian to… he is going to be huge .

    as for now …berbatov lol

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  21. Rockylegendliveson

    All I know is that Akpom will sign tomorrow for Brentford. Arsenal had told the Bees that the Akpom deal could not go through until Arsenal had found a replacement. Apparently we have?

    Expect news shortly!

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      1. Rockylegendliveson

        Moron, its on the local Radio and West London News. Have you Heard of google it was out 1hr ago.

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  22. calarsenalfc

    I saw the article on morata and for me he is far from what we need. Giroud is better then him at this current time. He would act as cover for giroud and possibly bendtner for me if we get a striker they must be better than giroud. I know a lot is to stop giroud burning out but for the majority of the season now we will have a 5-6 day rest between games bar some exceptions so he should be able to cope. A loan for morata wouldn’t please me.

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  23. phil-thompsons-nose

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    1. AlanFrank

      Yeah we’ll just buy loads of shite then be stuck with them for the next few seasons.

      People slam Wenger for making signings like park who get paid massive amounts to do nothing but then suggest signing players who would do exactly that. Not as good as what we have & wouldn’t even make the bench.

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      1. phil-thompsons-nose

        People are thumbing me down for suggesting players that could be available not for who I’d personally choose..

        ????!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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        1. th14

          Majority of the names you have mentioned are not available with the most ridiculous one being januzaj.

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          1. phil-thompsons-nose

            You may be right but how do you know for certain they are not available..

            Was RVP available..?

            Clearly EVERYONE HAS A PRICE.. So for you to actually state majority are not available is rather generalist i

            But it was a good reply particularly when you said januzaj was the most ridiculous…! Has he signed a new contract..?
            Listen, I’m not suggesting we sign these players, I’m suggesting players that may or may Or not be available.. And was asking for people’s opinions on those players.. Not to slate ME. For suggesting players that we might get ‘as the majority of the suggestions on here aren’t available!!’

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            1. th14

              Rvp we certainly available.
              He released a statement saying he doesnt want to sign a new contract and had a year left on his contract.
              And januzaj signed a 5 year deal not long ago mate.
              And in your list other than the players who are not worthy of arsenal the majority are not available in january.

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              1. phil-thompsons-nose

                RVP made the statement but he had a year left on his contract..!
                Cabaye did the sane thing- we never got him!!!!???

                On my list are you saying Diego costa , benzema Martinez Rooney llorente Hernandez are all not available..?

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                1. th14

                  Diego costa unlikely.
                  Martinez available.
                  Hernandez, rooney, benzema and llorente are not available…
                  United are struggling to bring in players there is no way in hell they would sell rooney or hernandez in january. Benzema is madrids first choice unless they sign suarez this january hes not available. Llorentes be in good form and has finally broken into the main juve XI hes on course to win the title and juve have already said he is not for sale.
                  And in regards to RVP players with 1 year left on their contract, refusing to extend and pubicly slating their clubs ambition and all of this in the summer transfer window = available.

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                2. phil-thompsons-nose

                  @th14

                  It appears you have inside information on players that are or are not available..
                  You seem adamant you are right so please tell me the lottery no’s for this weekend..!

                  Players that you claim are not available May or may not be in the managers plans..
                  Managers might need to sell a certain player to raise funds for new additions..

                  Your point falls flat on its face when your remember Rooney apparently handed in a transfer request twice yet he is still at utd..
                  Van Persie handed a transfer request – who would have thought we would sell to manure…!
                  Your insistence that players are unattainable is very narrow minded.. Unless as I say you have inside information or are you are psychic …

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  24. Ks-Gunner

    Make a bid for Xherdan Shaqiri. short strong,speedy,nice shoot,good movements , good stamina. He is very underrated and pure class. A loan with an option to buy would be just perfect

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  25. DanielC1989

    he hasn’t fallen out of favour at all he has played 24 times this season..

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    1. juhislihis

      He hasn’t fallen out of favour because he’s never been in favour at München.

      But actually he has featured 16 times this season (without friendlies) of which 7 he has started. So I would say he’s a bench warmer at Bayern.

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  26. Ted Drake

    Question for gooners: if you could have one Mario who would it be Gomez, Mandžukić, Götze or Balotelli?

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  27. Ted Drake

    Question for gooners: if you could have one Mario who would it be Gomez, Mandžukić, Götze or Balotelli?

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  28. ergs

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    1. ergs

      If anyone can come up with a reasonable argument to my suggestions be my guest!!??

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        1. ergs

          All could happen.
          So not really FIFA all realistic and Improve the squad

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      1. sollygunner

        probably for the same reason as last time no one in there right mind wants flamimi rozicky arteta sagna or vemarlen to leave ,, i do like ross barkley was thinking myself he would do well at arsenal

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    2. th14

      Dont know where the f*ck ross barkley, tom ince and steven caulker came from…
      Vermaleen, rosicky, flamini, podolski and arteta should all stay. Sagna should stay but he might leave.
      Costa draxler and coleman should be bought.
      What your suggesting is that we sell most of our experienced players/ leaders and sign a bunch of kids which is stupid and its never good to have such a dramatic change in personel just look at tottenham.

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    3. phil-thompsons-nose

      @ egg head..

      Some of your suggestions are extremely good and your outs are controversial but I understand your thinking behind them- particularly when you consider us moving onto the next level..

      It seems some on here don’t actually read into the possibilities people suggest – a bit blinkered..?

      :-)

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    4. Gorgo Italiano

      Coleman is a fantastic player. I’d take him at RB in a heartbeat. Don’t get me wrong, Sanga is class but he is stalling on signing. If he doesn’t put pen to paper Coleman would be a great shout.

      Draxler – No brainer

      Barclay – Would cost a bomb and we are fairly well covered in the middle of the park., That’s not to say I don’t think he’s a great wee player. I do!

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  29. nygooner

    Caughtoffside has rumors that Wenger is now very interested in Pedro. Would personally love to have him. Amazing and proven winger. Granted caughtoffside is BS 99.9% of the time… but still! Can’t I dream?

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  30. AFC_Gunner

    The January transfer window is really only there for emergency replacements for injured players and conversely for unhappy players wishing to go the other way. This makes it very hard to sign anyone who is happy with their club and has more than 6 months of contract remaining.
    Although I’d love to see a big name signing, that ‘big name’ may be coming to the end his career or just starting it. We’ll see…

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  31. muffdiver

    A Caughtoffside rumour is equivalent to letting a 6 yr old drive u home from the pub . It wont end well

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  32. nabs 8

    If we were to sign anyone for our lose of walcott it would have already been a done deal or a serious progress would have been on. The issue at hand is a striker and as the jan window nears closure teams will hike prices and others will decide to hold on players too. i don’t think we are chasing on anyone by now. look at ozil’s transfer how long were the rumours on media barely a day or two.

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  33. Mo1

    Hes a good player but dont think Psg are willing to sell, I think we will all agree Arsenal are close to winning something this season. This injury to walcott can either make or break the season, Ox is a good player but he has not up until now been consistent enuf also bare ion mind he is coming back from a long lay off i think its going to take him atleast a month before he is fully match fit, even then he will have even more more pressure on him with theo out i personally dont think so & i think its really unfair that alot should be expected from gnabry yes that lads got exceptional talent but the odd game here and there is when he is going to shine best. We as fans are so fickle one minute he will be the best the next the villain and at 18 i just feel its too much for him, Its the goals Walcott would get that im most worried about, rosicky outstanding luv the guy but can u see him getting 10 goals plus,ox? gnabry? jack? bendtner?

    Striker even if he is not world class thats not a biggie but sum1 who can get us 15 goals from now till the end of the season, its difficult i just cant see Wenger buying and i cant imagine any top team letting thier strikers go in January.

    I also feel we need another versatile defender, vermalaen record isnt the best at the moment we have 2 fit c.b yes sagna can play there but do you trust Jenkinson i certainly dont.

    I just want this month to be over, the rumours ridiculous at times.

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  34. No10

    We can be sure we are close to a signing if Alpom is allowed to go to Brentford.

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