Arsene Wenger has added another striker to his January target list in the form of Alexandre Pato. The Brazilian made a name for himself at AC Milan after scoring 51 goals in 117 appearances but his final season was poor and was sold back to Brazil with Corinthians.
The Brazilian club were happy to have Pato, as he was still regarded as one of the best finishers around at still a young age. However, his time at the club has been less than happy recently as he failed to score with an extravagant penalty, which handed Gremio a spot in the semi-finals.
The South American is only 24 years of age and has plenty of potential to which Wenger is capable of realising. An offer from the Premier League for a second chance in Europe may be too hard to refuse with Corinthians also willing to negotiate.
Arsenal’s lack of strikers will give Pato plenty of playing time but he will be second-choice behind Olivier Giroud, a role he will more than happily take on. Pato would be a much better option to have as back up than Nicklas Bendtner and would give Arsenal a serious goal getter in the absence of Giroud.
Now is the best time to sign up Pato with Arsenal able to offer him game time, Corinthians looking to sell, the club having money but not necessarily needing to spend a lot, and Pato happy to play second fiddle to Giroud in order to play at the highest level once again.
With the World Cup hosted by Brazil in the summer and plenty of options for Luiz Felipe Scolari to choose from upfront, a move to the Premier League will also offer Pato a way back in to the national team