Arsenal looked at him when he was dithering over a new deal at Athletico Madrid and stepped up the chase for him when it became obvious he wanted to leave the LA Liga club but lost out in the chase for him to Juventus but the Turin club didn’t limit the bolstering of their attack to his acquisition alone as they also bought Carlos Tevez from Manchester City. while the talents of Llorente isn’t in doubt, it seems he has been swallowed up by the intense competition available at the Turin club. So far this season, he has found regular football hard to come and this has fueled insinuations of him been unhappy at Turin. Of course that isn’t a surprise. No serious player will be happy on the bench especially one that was a super regular in his former club and in a world cup year. Regular football isn’t a guarantee that he would make the Spanish team to the 2014 world cup because of the form of regulars Villa, Soldado and Negredo but lack of it would totally eliminate the little chance he might have.
The unhappiness has fueled the talk of an exit from the Serie A giants in the winter window and that insinuation has been quashed by Juventus’ Director of football. Beppe Marottta who declared :
“No problem. We are happy,”
Despite the declaration, the rumour won’t go away and since Arsenal are in the hunt for a new striker, they are bound to be linked with every available striker on the continent, especially one that Wenger has a long standing interest in. While not taking anything away from Llorente, he isn’t the striker Arsenal need at the moment.
We already have someone like him in the person of Giroud. Llorente’s major asset is his aerial prowess and that is the same for Giroud though both players are also decent with their legs. When we already have a physically imposing striker, why should we get another one? Another problem with Llorente is that he isn’t versatile. He can only play as a central striker and that pitches him against Giroud for a place in the team and if Giroud’s form is anything to go by, Llorente wil find it difficult displacing him. The implication of that is that he might still find regular football hard to come by at the Emirates. Why then leave Juventus for Arsenal if regular first team football at the latter isn’t guaranteed?
The kind of striker Arsenal need is a versatile one that can play in plethora of attacking positions and that Llorente isn’t.