The speculation about Alvaro Morata coming to join Arsenal has not gone away, even though the proposed loan move in January didn’t come off. The young Spanish striker has apparently accepted that he needs to move away from his boyhood club Real Madrid in order to play regularly and further his career, something he really should have known a month ago, but the £25 million price tag that his La Liga club have slapped on him means his destination probably won’t be the Emirates.
It was one of the big transfer rumours involving Arsenal in the January transfer window, but the deal to bring young Spanish striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid on a temporary basis did not come off. At first it was thought that his La Liga club or his manager would not sanction it, and then it was reported that the player himself had rejected the move in order to fight for his place in Spain.
Many football writers are suggesting that the Arsenal manager has realised all of a sudden that he could do with making a signing or two during the January transfer window, which now has less than 48 hours to run. I don’t buy this personally and think that Arsene Wenger and his scouting network have been checking potential signings and getting ready for the crucial last few days.
Maybe the injury recurrence to Aaron Ramsey and the poor performance of Nicklas Bendtner against Coventry has given the Frenchman extra incentive or maybe he has been waiting to see if any new possibilities came up or we suffered a late injury crisis like with Kieran Gibbs last season.
Arsenal in For Yet Another Barcelona Starlet? by AT
Following the unfortunate injury to Theo Walcott, it is no surprise that the Gunners are increasingly being linked with several strikers and wide forwards. The latest name to enter the fold is that of Barcelona starlet Christian Tello, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger understood to be on the verge of a £10.5m move for the young Spaniard.
After the proposed loan deal for young Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata was ruled out, with Morata deciding to stay and fight for his place in Spain, as reported by Metro, it seems that Wenger still wants a striker from La Liga but has moved from one Spanish giant’s out of favour striker to another.
The saga involving Arsenal, Real Madrid and their young out-of-favour striker Alvaro Morata has taken another twist today. Reports from Spain have apparently made it much more likely that the Spanish giants will let the youngster leave this January, but now the deal may be a permanent one rather than the loan deal that was previously on the cards.
This change of heart from Carlo Ancelotti and Madrid, reported by Metro, may have come after Morata’s chance to impress this week was cruelly cut short by a head injury that left him dazed, confused, throwing up and looking like a boxer. That may have been his last chance to show his worth to Ancelotti before the transfer window closes.
Okay Arsenal fans, I am officially starting to get nervous about the transfer window now. I don’t know why, really, because Arsene Wenger seems to have developed the technique of leaving things right until the last minute, but I am sure you will agree that it would be nice if Arsenal managed to sign a striker before deadline day.
One of the most promising links we have had, in my opinion, was the loan deal for Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti declared that he would not be leaving, then softened his stance and it has all gone a bit quiet since. Morata is a Madrid fan and has come through the ranks so understandably would like to stay, but only if he is going to play, so maybe the next two weeks will be crucial.
It seems clear that Arsenal Football Club and Arsene Wenger have not given up hope of completing a loan deal until the end of the season for the young Real Madrid and Spain striker Alvaro Morata. Despite his manager Carlo Ancelotti declaring earlier in the week that no players would be entering or leaving the Santiago Bernabeu this January, there are some indications that he might be allowed to go after all.
It is all go on the striker situation for Arsenal. As well as being linked to almost any player who has put a football into a net, the Gunners have already suffered injuries to two of the front men and had some good news on strikers coming back from injury.
So it is a bit difficult to know just what is going on. The painful blow of finding out that Theo Walcott is out for the rest of the season has been mitigated somewhat by the good news on Nicklas Bendtner’s early return as well as Olivier Giroud having already returned to training.
If, as many people seem to think, Arsene Wenger’s preferred option for a new Arsenal striker in January is a loan deal for Alvaro Morata, the Frenchman has really got his work cut out. Morata himself seems fairly keen on the idea, although he did not mention the Gunners specifically, because he obviously wants to play regularly.
For some reason, 21-year old Morata is hardly ever used by the Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti at the minute, although he started the season well and was giving the Spanish club a really good option while Benzema was in poor form. Morata has largely been overtaken by another up and coming young striker Jese Rodriguez and, as reported by Spanish paper AS, he is clearly starting to wonder whether he needs to move on to get some game time.
I don’t envy Arsene Wenger right now, even though his Arsenal team are flying high at the top of the Premier League. And the Gunners are having their best season for a long time. There are lots of positives around, with young players like Ramsey, Wilshere, Gibbs and Gnabry offering great hope for the future and the smashing of the club’s transfer record to bring in the brilliance of Mesut Ozil.
Morata to Arsenal? by Big Gun
Dear Gooners. There was a rumour about a month ago concerning Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and a supposed six month loan deal to Arsenal. As we all know, rumours like these are to be taken with a heap of salt, but the fact that these rumours have not been quashed, only strengthened by more reputable Spanish outlets since its inception, is reason to believe it is likely to happen.
A lot of Arsenal fans really like Olivier Giroud, especially when he scores a winning goal like he did at Newcastle yesterday. But we also have our concerns over whether the Gunners have enough firepower to win the Premier League, FA cup or keep going in the Champions League, if Arsene Wenger does not sign a quality striker in the January transfer window.
The manager clearly thinks a great deal of the big French forward. He was speaking about resting Giroud after the match yesterday, as reported by Arsenal.com, and it appears that Wenger feels he is just too important to the Arsenal system to rest him. Even against Newcastle when it was all about defence for the last 20 minutes, he only replaced Giroud with a few minutes on the clock.