Arsenal are still searching for a striker and another name has been added to the ever-increasing list and it is that of Swansea’s hitman Miguel Michu. According to Dailymail writing through Sportsmail, Wenger is keen on the Spainard.
Michu is emerging as a contender to become Arsenal’s new attacking spearhead, despite Arsene Wenger’s admission that he is interested in Wayne Rooney. The Gunners manager has put a new first-choice centre-forward at the top of his summer shopping list, with Gonzalo Higuain, Stevan Jovetic and Rooney all high on it.
But Sportsmail can reveal a shock move for Swansea’s prolific striker has been discussed by Wenger and his scouting team. The Spaniard enjoyed an excellent debut Premier League season, scoring 22 goals after his £2 million move from Rayo Vallecano. His impressive displays at the start of last season prompted Arsenal into an extensive scouting mission on the 27-year-old.
I am not surprised by the presence of interest in the ex- Rayo man. His adaptation to the rigours of the physical English league from the silky Spanish league was nothing short of sublime. Scoring 22 goals (18 in the EPL) in a maiden season not for a top side that boast of great players but a very average side with average players is a huge accomplishment.
Another thing worthy of note is his transition from a deep lying playmaker role at Rayo Vallecano to that of a striker at Swansea. It showed huge versatility that will come in handy at a top club like Arsenal.
Finally, Arsenal have been linked with plethora of strikers but they are big money signings going by Arsenal’s antecedents of penny-pinching. Michu won’t come cheap but won’t be as expensive as the other touted targets. A fee of 15 million Pounds will see Swasea sanctioning a sale. That fee will go a long way in helping them prepare for their Europa League adventure.
The likely move of Michu to Arsenal will be mutually beneficial to both sides (Arsenal and Michu). At 27, he doesn’t have too much time on his hands to hope for Champions League football which is every players’ dream. Should he stay at Swansea, I don’t know when they will play in the top echelon of European club football. Also, a switch to Arsenal will help his push for a spot in the Spanish team. Playing for La Fura Roja goes beyond having a good form, the class of club and the competition the player plays in influences it too. Should he stay put at Swansea, I don’t know how soon he will break into the Spanish fold. There are still Negredo and Soldado who are struggling to make the team and Torres’ refusal to leave the side despite slide in form. A move to Arsenal who have him better placed to break into the team.