Should Wenger go for Adrian Lopez or Fernando Llorente? by KJ
News has started to pick up on the transfer scene with Goal publishing an article that talks about strong interest from Arsenal for the services of the 24 year old Spaniard, Adrian Lopez. Generally, I’d call this unreliable but many of the Twitter ITKs have sworn that Arsenal are definitely interested in the Atletico Madrid striker.
My question is – do we go after Lopez or after Llorente?
Lopez is only 24 years old meaning that he still has at least 3 years to hit his prime in the Premier League. He’s a small, versatile and pacey striker. With Walcott’s contract situation still very much in the balance, it could say a lot about what will actually happen come January. We could easily see the Englishman leaving the Emirates with this renewed interest in Adrian. Adrian supposedly has a buyout clause of £15 million which isn’t too bad for someone of his quality.
Llorente on the other hand has reached his prime and is now a 30 goal a season striker. He is in the last year of his contract and Arsenal have the opportunity of buying him outright in January for about £10 million or give him a pre-contract in January which will allow him to join for free in the summer. However, the one problem is that he seems to be quite similar to Giroud. A target man who is very good with his feet. We sometimes need diversity when putting on another striker in thee dying minutes to get that winning goal. Adrian can offer that, Llorente might not.
It’s a very difficult decision as both have their positives and negatives. However, I feel like Adrian is the right player to get at this moment. We have heaps of experience in the first 11 now that we can afford to get younger players to bed in and make that difference without pressure.