With the transfer of Krystian Bielik all but done, Wenger is setting his sights on a potential second arrival with a swoop being readied for Roma’s young striker, Antonio Sanabria, according to Metro.
Arsene Wenger had tracked the 18-year old while he was still with Barcelona last year, highly rated as the next big thing from La Masia but nothing was done to sway him to London at the time as he chosen to move to Rome. First team opportunities have not come so often for the youngster and though he’s on International duty with the Paraguayan youth National team, there is a likelihood that Wenger’s interest will be rekindled to take advantage of the lack of chances he’s had so far.
Sanabria has made it through the same system that has given the world players like Messi, Iniesta, Fabregas and Xavi, and he has been tipped to follow the footsteps of one of these elite players. It did not work out for him to graduate into a regular with the main Barcelona team but there is no indication that he would not be able to make it elsewhere.
Wenger shows a deep liking for South American forwards and with the exceptional energy levels shown by his man of the moment, Alexis Sanchez, has every encouragement to keep up the pursuit of this youngster. The Arsenal teams of the past decade have sometimes lacked the kind of passion which Alexis has brought with him from Barcelona and bringing in other players who’ve been dipped and drilled in such philosophies should be highly pushed for.
What you always expect with Wenger is a keenness to draw the brightest youngsters in Europe to himself and it is a trait that has paid off with varying degrees of dividends. The likes of Fabregas and Ramsey stand out as the successes but it did not quite out with equally promising youngsters like Francis Jeffers and Amaury Bischoff. Already, the decision to settle for an unproven 17-year old as the long-term defensive midfield solutions is raising pessimism over his determination to combat the forces that have seen Arsenal slip off the echelon of League-challengers in England.
For the present season, there is not much to worry about Arsenal’s attack, with some strikers even going out on loan, but it’s worth keeping an eye on this development to see how far it could go. Giroud and Welbeck are ahead of Joel Campbell in the order of strikers; could there be space for one more this winter?
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