Morata: I have tempting offers from England

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TURIN, ITALY - OCTOBER 04: Alvaro Morata of Juventus FC looks on during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Bologna FC at Juventus Arena on October 4, 2015 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Alvaro Morata says that although his desire is to make it with Real Madrid, his future may lie elsewhere with ‘tempting’ offers from England.

The 23 year old has been long linked with Arsenal, and rumours this summer say that the 2016 Champions League winners will exercise a contract clause, buy him back from Juventus for a fixed fee, then sell him at a profit to the Gunners who are in the market for a new striker.

The Spain international has spent the last two seasons at Juventus, and says that playing regularly is a priority for him at this point in his career.

“My wish is to succeed in Madrid, but in Madrid there are great players,”  he told AS. “And what I want is to play and feel important. Next year I’ll play on the team that is more likely to give me that [playing time].”

Hinting that it may well be in the Premier League, he continued, “There are some deals that are tempting in England, not only by the contract on offer. I think for my characteristics the Premier League would be a great destination.

“Going to play there would not be a step backwards, backwards. With what I have learned in Italy, if I have the chance to learn something more in England I think it would make me a better, more complete player.

“I’m 23 and I want is to progress, to play, to learn from the best players and to have a good career.”

Whether that’s at Arsenal or somewhere else, we’ll have to wait and see.

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Mike
Mike

We need the finished article not someone else who might turn out to be good. His goal record is just a bit uninspiring. Spend more and get Higuain!

Smart-Arse
Smart-Arse

I would prefer Higuain but wouldn’t be unhappy with this chap. He’s very good, not just in the future but right now. Don’t underestimate him

Tony
Tony

I don’t see Higuain as realistic simply because of his age. There’d be virtually no sell on fee, so it would be an write off on around £70M when you consider wages too.
I’d love Gonzalo too, but we all know that Wenger is as stubborn as the day is long and a leopard never changed his spots.

Gutbukket Deffrolla
Gutbukket Deffrolla

We all know that Higuain is as stubborn as the day is long and a leopard never changed his spots.

Turned us down when he was young enough to be of some use to us. He’s getting too old now.

I don’t take rejection easily, and I don’t see why Arsenal should. Like that Swedish self-abuser, Higuain had his chance to join us and blew it.

F**k him, I say. Up the jacksy, with a spanner, sideways.

Chris O.
Chris O.

In fairness to Higuain, he only turned us down after we dithered over his transfer seeing whether we could lure Suarez. Can’t really blame him for that.

Flashmob
Flashmob

His “goal record” is very misleading, because he was used as a subtitute a lot. If you take the minutes in to consideration that he spent on the ground and the number of shots he needed to score a goal – you will see that he is one of the very best strikers in Europe. For example, far better than Griezmann, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Lewandowski or even Higuain…
Not to mention that his youth and ability to give assists are also very valuable – Higuain gave only 2 assists in the whole season while Morata gave 7

Cali
Cali

Giroud also didn’t play most of the time and was been used as substitute in second half and went on goal drought for months and still had 24goals in a season his best. So I would not want wenger buying him for more than 28m pound. Better buy aubameyaang or benzema or lewandawski or I prefer lukaku. 50 to 60m striker. Morata couldn’t score goals in Seria A don’t want someone who have to settle.

emob
emob

None of the above is remotely available and Lukaku to Chelsea seems like a done deal.

emob
emob

Arsenal is basically in an akward position, we’re at the end of the food chain of the superclubs. We are probably one of those but can’t really compete moneywise, with prestige or titles. As great as those FA Cups were, no one cares about that. Our poor record in the CL hurts us there as well, even though we’ve been there every year but we haven’t been competing for 10 years. So there’s no use throwing around names of this year’s hot thing. aubameyang will leave for alot of money, like Gareth Bale/Ronaldo money, Bayern Munich is never letting Lewandowski leave. And Napoli is not letting Higuain leave for under 50 million which would be madness for maybe 2-3 top seasons we could still get out of him. Unfortunately we should have gotten him three (was ist three?) years ago, now the ship has sailed.

gee
gee

lukaku has no CL experience, i would rather morata

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

Personally I think Morata is a bit of a risk for the price. People are saying, look at Henry and Bergkamp, plucked from Serie A only to thrive in the PL. Well I’m afraid Serie A isn’t the powerhouse of a European league it once was, plus Juventus are by far the best team there and have been for a few years now, the PL would be a big step up for Alvaro. Especially for a player who spent large chunks of last season on the bench. Whilst his goals and assists (per minutes) ratios aren’t bad, they certainly aren’t groundbreaking. And long term he wants to make it at Real Madrid, something he’s been clear on since leaving them.

There are better options.

Griezzman is fantastic and we’re one of 5-6clubs he’d be interested in, but neither he nor Atleti want to or need to part ways.
Higuain is one of the best finishers in the game, I’ve been saying this for years, but I think now is perhaps too late for him to reinvent his game for the Premier League, and the fee would be astronomical.
Ibrahimovic is genuinely only now reaching his peak, and, it pains me to say, is as good as his ego suggests. But he wouldn’t suit the club’s philosophy or wage structure.
Benzema is another great forward, but do we need his Hollywood attitude and obsession with bling and buck?
Lewandowski is arguably the best of the lot, but he’s already at Bayern, the only way his head is turning is if Real or Barca want him.
Both Janssen and Batshuayi have stunning potential, and I’d definitely buy one now, and instantly loan to a Swansea/Southampton like side, but they aren’t ready to start for us.

Other options exist, but the stand out one for me is Lukaku, hands down. Admittedly it would be 50-60m we’d have to fork out but look at the facts:
– Vastly experienced in our league with time at Chelsea, Everton (43 goals in 104 games) and WBA (17 in 35). And his goal to game ratio steadily improves each season, despite his last two clubs having poor ‘chances created’ rates, whereas ours is astonishing.
– Only 23 and already an established member of the front line of Belgium, who have built a superb squad in the last few years. He’s got 5years of improving too, and a further 3-5years in his prime.
– He’s a leader, tall, fast, creative, strong on the ball, powerful off it, clinical and understands team play.
– He’s willing to play anywhere across the front 3.
– He constantly rises to the occasion of big games and thrives on challenge.
– Wants to return to London but has been quoted as stating he ‘doesn’t have anything to prove’ by returning to Chelsea. There’s nothing ‘nailed down’ regarding him returning, especially with Costa there and Chelsea themselves showing interest in other strikers.
– He’s commented on his confusion at Arsenal’s lack of a proven frontman, which I genuinely feel was a ‘come and get me’ a season or two ago.
– He’d not expect to start 100% of games, and could come on for any of our front three. Meaning he could happily co-exist with the attackers already at the club.
– And I’m sorry, ‘having no CL experience’ is an exceptionally poor counter-point, it’s there to be gained. So many players take the CL by storm on their debuts.

Also think about what it brings to our overall game. Next season on away days at Sunderland/Stoke etc, when we’re 1-0 down and the (hypothetical) front three of Alexis, Ox and Walcott/Giroud just can’t find a way through the overly physical neanderthals, we switch to counter-attacking with Giroud having Alexis/Wellbeck (post injury) and Lukaku either side of him ready on the break.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

Every year some people say “yeah, but who’s available!?”, learn about global football and you’ll constantly discover a wealth of options. But this season we’re lucky, there’s a few names who fit our needs, wage structure and are available, and we don’t need to look far.

Everyone has a summer transfer plan wish-list, and I genuinely believe mine is within our grasp.

ST – Lukaku + Janssen/Batshuayi (to loan out)
LW – Mahrez
LB – Rodriguez (should Gibbs leave)
CB – One of Koulibaly/Zouma/van Dijk +
Holding (for the future)

Loan out – Gnabry, Akpom, Hayden to see if they can establish themselves.
Gibbs, Ox, Chambers too to get them up to peak form. Both Ox and Chambers to Southampton sounds ideal, whereas Gibbs could gain a lot from a club battling PL relegation (Bournemouth, Palace, Boro, Hull etc), he’d return in a season or two to battle Rodriguez, as unfortunately the superb Monreal will be then nearing a Spain return.
Possibly Iwobi too, I’d like him to stay but 30+ games a season elsewhere could really fine tune his potential.
Szczesny, another year at Roma to see if he is the heir to Cech.

Sell – Sanogo, Debuchy, Walcott (sorry, but using him as bait for Mahrez could be his greatest contribution since the annoying and disrespectful ‘sign da ting’ fiasco)
Returning – Jenkinson (keep Flamini to cover Bellerin at RB until Jenks injury return)

Just my (stupidly long) thoughts, but I feel it’s a realistic pitch and it’s keeping me upbeat for what could be an amazing season. Imagine lifting that PL trophy ahead of Mourinho, Guardiola, Conte, Klopp etc, it’d be historic to say the least. And what a squad and swan-song Arsene would leave us with!

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

Is it obvious it’s my day off work…?

Pete Gabriel
Pete Gabriel

If the last ten years tells us anything it’s that we won’t sign those players and we won’t win the league ahead of those teams/managers whilst Wenger is the manager.

He is criticised for being inflexible, but fans that think in this way are hopelessly naive – getting caught in the same cycle of hope in the summer then disappointment, anger and frustration by the season’s end.

There are two possible realistic positions to take: (1) lower expectations (2) call for a change of management.

emob
emob

No, you’re totally right, THAT pitch is reasonable. It’s no use looking for Benzema, Aubameyang, Lewandowski. I’d be wary of strikers from the dutch league though. High scoring numbers are very misleading, for ever y Ronaldo/Suarez there’s another Kezman, De jong, Bas Dost.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

Completely understand about the risk of the Dutch league, but if we can get either of them for under £20-25m, with view to loan out for a season or two I think it could be a shrewd piece of business.
And thank you for taking the time to read my comments, the pessimist in me assumed the amount of text would put people off reading.

emob
emob

But why would Napoli want to sell Higuain? Not for a small fee and anything above 40 million pounds would be madness.

Bosscielny
Bosscielny

If we let Walcott go and with welbeck out for most of the season, we’ll probably need 2 players who can play upfront as well on the wing.

I’ll be fine with morata being one of those players. However we’ll need another player preferably having a decent goal scoring record. Lack of goals really hurt us last season imo.

Our midfielders as good as as they are technically, don’t have decent goal scoring records.

emob
emob

Probably, but my guess is Morata will be the striker and we’ll get another winger-forward, a Mahrez/Sanchez-type. Those seem to be more available than pure strikers.

neutral
neutral

I bet Wenger plans to play Morata as a winger-forward, say as a replacement for Walcott/Ox on the right side.

emob
emob

Actually we’re well stocked on the flanks. We have Sanchez, the Ox, Campbell, Iwobi possbly Özil and Ramsey that could all play there.

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

“Not for a small fee and anything above 40 million pounds would be madness.”

What if it’s 40 million and one?

Tarsenal
Tarsenal

That brought a chuckle ?

Kaz
Kaz

11 goals in 47 games last season is hardly an upgrade on Giroud. Esp when considering how much Morata will cost too!

ooph
ooph

When Juve played Bayern he was one of the best players on the pitch.

Sano
Sano

While it’s true that his scoring record is not the best, he’s a player who can have a big impact on the way his team plays.

If you check the 2015 UCL Semifinals, Juventus-Madrid, you’ll see that he’s actually the best player in both legs for the italians, scoring the 2 goals that led them to the final. Also, on that Final vs Barcelona, he was the one of the few that could keep up with that Barca team, scoring the only goal for Juve that night (!). And he wasn’t the main stiker that night (Tevez was), given that he played mostly on the right side.

And, as was said before, he was key in those 70 minutes that Juventus dominated on the Allianz Arena, before Allegri decided, inexplicably, to take him off. As you may know, they lost after that.

Spanish analysts have him on high regard. He may not be the fastest or more technical striker, but he has enough quality and has demonstrated to be capable of big things when in counts.

Also, for consideration: Vicente Del Bosque chose to take Morata instead of £32 million and hated cunt, Diego Costa, for the Euros, along with 35 year old Aritz Aduriz. He’s probably going to be the first choice.

I think he would be great for Arsenal. He can develop further with us and isn’t as expensive as other options (Griezmann, Lukaku… Etc).

See also: Napoli and Atletico are not selling. Higuaín and Griezmann are a big part of their future plans. I don’t count on it.

Brandon
Brandon

I was almost totally with you until you mentioned Higuain. Guys had a career season and nearing 30, will never score that many goals again. Aubameyang is probably the best available proven goal scorer out there right now. Sell Theo to the Hammers, buy Aubameyang and total outlay probably not more than 30m to net at least 15 more goals a season. Expensive but definitely worth it.

TightArse
TightArse

It was me, I said I would run him a bath.

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

And then BOOM aubemeyong

Arsene-al fan
Arsene-al fan

Isn’t it more likely Real will buy Aubameyang and partly fund it with Morata?

Not saying I wouldn’t love Aubameyang.

emob
emob

Aubameyang is not leaving. He’s got a contract and BVB is already losing Gündogan and Hummels, potentially Mikhytarian. No way they’re selling.

Gooneron
Gooneron

Contracts don’t mean much this days. Take Arsenal as a case study.

emob
emob

That’s just a cliché. Arsenal chose to sell when playres were in their last year of their contracts and Fabregas we chose to let go. BVB don’t sell if they don’t want to and have a choice. Aubameyang is tied down till 2019, there’s virtually no need to sell now, bar a serious injury he won’t lose muhc worth and they can lay the waiting game on that one.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

We didn’t choose to sell the 2-faced Spaniard, he went ‘on-strike’ knowing that we could not afford to keep a 1st team player without him being available at that time.

emob
emob

Beside sthat I think we make it far too easy for players to leave. I still think we should have kept VP for that one year and we should have made it far harder/more expensive for Barca to get Fabregas. So what if they stomp their feet, look at what BVB made with Lewandowski, they got another great season out of him which was much more valuable then a few millions.

gee
gee

cesc fabregas went on strike and refused to play. he left us with very little option, much like rvp. Nasri gets more hate but he begged wenger to play against liverpool, did not go on strike and seemed like he had little choice in the matter. these players caused AFC major headache

Trez
Trez

Nasri wanted to leave and said even if he was made to stay, he was going to leave for free in the next season. So he has to get sold.

emob
emob

And either would have gone on strike for a full season? I think in thos einstances a DoF that is more distant from the players would ahve helped making better decisions. Maybe they stomped their feet exactly because they knew it would get them what they want. Anywhoo, that’s ancient history now but I really think we do need a DoF going forward.

emob
emob

That’s misleading, I’m sure they would have left, but you only need to sell if you want the money. I still think football clubs are no banks, I’d rather take the player playing for another year, especially that seaosn, there was no need to sell Fabregas AND Nasri, he should have at least kept one of them, screw the money.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

We weren’t in a position to risk finding out if they would or wouldn’t strike for a year. Both of them and their managers knew we couldn’t afford to play hard ball.

Racerr
Racerr

Next thing you know he’s holding a Utd shit and standing alongside Mourinho

Arsene-al fan
Arsene-al fan

So holding a shit and standing next to one?

Surely he won’t fancy that?

Arsene-al fan
Arsene-al fan

Why haven’t we got a poometer rating on this?

Alex
Alex

That’s because he hasn’t linked himself directly to Arsenal

Arsene-al fan
Arsene-al fan

It’s a shit joke.

Drabwilly
Drabwilly

Jesus, the club store really will sell anything these days won’t they?

Racerr
Racerr

*Shirt

JArghS
JArghS

You were right the first time

arabmoney
arabmoney

Man UTD shit is definitely no shiRt, mate…

AllGunsABlazin

At this point do we even need to offer him a contract? Best way to tempt a striker should just be a loop of Özil’s assists.

voldermort
voldermort

I don’t think we will see such an expensive striker coming in if any at all. The xhaka deal was done early primarily to placate season ticket holders into renewing. Xhaka is an excellent signing and much needed but I have a horrible feeling that apart from a couple of young squad players that may come in that’s it as far as big signings for the season.
Hope I’m wrong and we go all out for what we need but we have had similar needs in various positions for years now and Arsene has kept faith in what we have and I can’t see this year being any different in terms of the strikers.

Al Gilmore
Al Gilmore

Arsenal don’t need to placate season ticket holders. That is a myth. We have a waiting list. Wenger ploughs his own furrow, like it or lump it…and doesn’t dance to anyone’s tune or do things to placate anyone. Otherwise he’d buy more players than he does. Cos that’s all we want as fans isn’t it? A shiny new player and that Transfer Window Trophy!

We will buy a new striker and it will be expensive. V expensive if it is a truly World Class one or slightly less if it is the likes of Moratta who is in the extremely promising category.

We didn’t buy a striker last year because we wanted a top class one and couldn’t get one and kept our powder dry for this window. I firmly believe that. It is the only thing that makes sense.

We were able able to move so quickly for Xhaka because we have good cash reserves and had freed up a healthy slice of wages with the end of Arteta, Rosicky and Flamini ‘ s contracts. The player himself also wanted the move before the Euros. So all the stars aligned. The transfer was very matter of fact. No huge fanfare. No sense that this was our marquee signing. Just a very good player signed when we could and also realising that with the new TV deal that 30mill is the going rate for a very good player.

Which leads me to conclude the club are prepared to sign an exceptional player for more. It wouldn’t surprise me if we break our transfer record.

voldermort
voldermort

The myth is the season ticket waiting list and the thousands that are eager to take them. It’s just not happening as fast as it was years ago. They have to go deep into the list to get the take up. And eventually if it hasn’t happened already the well will run dry.

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From commercial perspective it doesn’t matter one tit whether your waiting list is 100 000 long, or there are just two people there as long as you sell all tickets.

DB10's Air Miles
DB10's Air Miles

Do you honestly believe that a life-long Gooner who has waited 10 years for the opportunity to be offered a season ticket will say no and be taken off the list because the club didn’t sack the manager that they don’t like or buy the striker that they do like? Besides I don’t think these views are shared by the majority anyway.

Dominic
Dominic

I know people who have waited longer than 10 years, but due to the global financial crisis were not in a position to take-up the season ticket when offered to them.

It’s not just the price of the ticket, it’s the cost of the whole day/weekend out. ~£5 a pint in local boozers, even more if you travel from afar and stay in a hotel.

I also know people who over the past 3 seasons have accelerated up the queue disproportionately (due to the above).

Giroud's Buldge
Giroud's Buldge

I definitely think Xhaka will be our only main signing.

I think Elneny was bought in advance to help us recover from the departing trio. I can see us signing perhaps a few young players but I think any belief that we’ll sign somebody special is false.

I’d LOVE to be proved wrong though, and I have been in the past (my beloved Ozil) but then again there was last summer.

I’m not expectant.

bystander
bystander

Morata is clearly very talented and has an impressive habit of delivering on big European nights– like his Juventus predecessor Zibi Boniek. But he’s still a player in development, especially as a striker, and I worry that if he does fulfill his potential at Arsenal he’ll soon reveal his Madrid DNA.

On the other hand, that isn’t really the downside here. He’s almost certain to improve our squad– he’s a very different player from Giroud. He’s more what some hoped Walcott would be on the basis of the Leicester and United games– perfect for a quick counter-attacking game, but needless to say, much better than Walcott technically and at holding up the ball. If he develops as we hope then the mooted price won’t seem so silly (no one is calling Martial overpriced at the moment). And if he doesn’t, he’s still a good player, and after all these years it would be absurd to complain about Arsene overpaying.

People talk about Aubameyang and Higuain as if they would deliver the title on their own. I doubt that’s the case, but even if it was, Wenger simply isn’t going to change the philosophy of a lifetime and prioritize the short-term over the long-term. He’s not going to pay 70 million for a player in his late 20s. After all, he was unwilling to go from 25m to 35m for a three-years-younger Higuain because he was convinced of his own valuation of the player. If we do sign Morata, it should be something for us all to be happy and optimistic about.

emob
emob

And I don’t think either is realistically available.

emob
emob

There is realistically no way we’re going to find a finished product. Good strikers are really scarce, every superclub bar Bayern Munich and Barcelona is basically looking for one. What we should rather be looking for and what we were always good for was to find the guy who’s undervalued at the moment, someone who could become one of those superstars, a Henry, Anelka, Van Persie or Adebayor. With those guys Arsenal can make a good case why we’re better suited for them to fulfill their potential, to be the no. 1 striker.

Gutbukket Deffrolla
Gutbukket Deffrolla

Exactly, if those players are young then Wenger’s reputation becomes an extra enticement to convince them to come to us.

Established players want a Superclub and a Superwage. We will never compete with that because it depends on how each player views potential Clubs, not how the fans of potential Clubs view their Club. We think we deserve the best. The best think they deserve Barca/Bayerrn/RM.

Unless the truly top player has some specific reason to choose us, then his self-centred, big-headed, money-grubbing thought as he briefly considers us is “Arsenal? Fuck no, I’m good enough to play for Barca/Bayerrn/RM so I’m not going to commit myself to Arsenal and miss my chance to play for a club worthy of me. Anyway, it rains all the time in England, and their food is shit.”.

Wenger was the reason we got Ozil. If we hadn’t had Wenger we wouldn’t have got Ozil. If we hadn’t had Wenger (and Ozil) maybe we wouldn’t have got Alexis. If we didn’t have Wenger we probably wouldn’t have got Xhaka.

We can make lists of the players we want to buy all day long, but we are not on a par with the top teams or the richest teams in the eyes of most top players, and they are the ONLY people who get to decide if they want to play for us.

Jean
Jean

Wenger is always looking for cheaper option. He does not a have a winning mentality. He has been preparing his team for many years without any result. He need to get the likes of Higuain, Aubemayang or Benzema and he must not be shy to add the kind of Kante and Koulibali in order to give the team a chance at the beginning of the new season

DB10's Air Miles
DB10's Air Miles

Well to be fair he did spend last summer courting Benzema so………..

Gutbukket Deffrolla
Gutbukket Deffrolla

You seem to be under the false impression that we are Barcelona.

Heroldg
Heroldg

We get the pony, we always get the pony.

Lord Bendtner
Lord Bendtner

We got Giroud, welbeck, Walcott, Campbell can play there, so can Iwobi and Sanchez. Also we might try Merts up there too because he’s a BFG.
So yea that’s 9 strikers already, come to think of it we might as well sell a few and still be there for that title push

Rozza
Rozza

can we get the poo-o meter out for this please Mr. blogs

temigunga

This guys heart is at Real Madrid. Take the profile of Spanish Chaps, Reyes, Fabregas, Torres (Carzola and Monreal and Arteta are exceptional) all had home fever. Morata is still young, once he excels at Arsenal it is a matter of only one season. I would prefer a matured one and proven a striker than Morata. Can take even Pierre-Emarick Aubemeyoung. Haguian might also be OK. But why not just Lukaku and job is done. His power and stringency might be key!!

bystander
bystander

Stringency is a really important quality in a striker. Not to be undervalued.

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Not necessarily. Torres didn’t become home sick, he was kicked out. And then you also have players like Silva who lived in England happily ever after.

Fabulous
Fabulous

Sorry to burst everyone’s bubble but this overwhelming admiration for Lukaku has a bit of the Benteke MK II feel to it. He doesn’t offer anything marginally better than Giroud, and the want to sign him seems to stem out of pure desperation to just get a new striker. His first touch is poor, his link up play doesn’t have a sniff on Giroud’s (which is essential if you’re playing for Arsenal), and he also misses sitters here and there. He excels in a team where he’s afforded space, where the opposition doesn’t park the bus, and the team plays to his strength. He does however have time on his hand to develop further so could be one to replace Giroud in the future. What we need atm are strikers who can create something out of nothing; good at finding space in the penalty area, have a good shot on him from outside the box, and is overall agile enough to create space when he’s crowded out. Lewandowski, Suarez, Benzema, RVP are strikers in that exact class and is no surprise they’re playing for the top teams (except not anymore for that Fenerbache twat, lol). Morata has every potential to develop into the same level which is why I would love to see it happen.

Gutbukket Deffrolla
Gutbukket Deffrolla

Tell me why Lukaku would choose Arsenal over every other team in the world. You aren’t daft enough to think he will join uis for a wad of cash are you? Of course you aren’t. So why would Lukaku make Arsenal his first choice place to play football. What are the things we can offer him?

Tell me why Wenger can say “Lukaku. Come to Arsenal” and it is job done.

(…and don’t give me any of that “Cos we’re better than Everton” crap.)

Diarra
Diarra

If Wenger actually wants to spend that much on a player he must be “top quality”. No worries about this one.

Ben
Ben

I remember a couple of other players who struggled for goals in the ultra defensive Serie A, Thierry and Dennis. They did alright in England.

emob
emob

Amen!

emob
emob

(Considering Morata’s playing tmie he hasn’t exactly struggled though)

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Is it just me that is put off by the attitude displayed in these quotes? He basically wants to use any other club as a stepping stone to get back into the Real Madrid team – does he not realise he is a Juventus player? As a Juve fan I’d find these quotes disrespectful – he doesn’t appear to give two shits about his current employer.

emob
emob

But he’s not staying at Juventus, he knows he’s leaving, it was bascially a glorified loan. Madrid are going to use the clause and Juventus are not paying the amount, so why should he cry over a club he’s been playing at for two years.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Well, seeing as it has been implied that Real are only going to buy him back to sell him on again, I’d think he’d have more loyalty to the team that has actually given him a chance, instead of the one that flogged him off the first chance they could get (and will do it a second time if the rumour is correct).

If I were him, I’d be inclined to continue playing for the (twice in a row) double winners in Italy, where I might actually be valued as something other than an asset to cash in on.

PS – I don’t particularly want us to sign him anyway, but if we did, I wouldn’t want someone who just sees us as a stepping stone to return ‘home’ (where have I seen that story play out before?).

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Too much shit flying around here for my liking

Lula da GIlberto
Lula da GIlberto

Gimme.

MT
MT

I think Morata is overrated just because he played for RM (just like the other Barca/Real players). His scoring record is average and his accuracy, if I am correct, is even worse than Girouds. He is not near as good as Giroud is and he is not worth more than 20 million. At 23 of age he is probably playing at his full potential (if he won’t be a late boomer). And if he can’t make it to Juventus starting lineup why he would be good for us. But don’t get me wrong there. He can be someday a world class striker but he is not worth more than 20£ atm. Many fans don’t rate Giroud but you will realized how good he is when he is gone. IMO he doesn’t deserve us. He scored a hard volley goal yesterday but everybody is talking only about Pogba’s cross. His finish was as good as a cross.

emob
emob

Giroud is a very good striker but he’s streaky. I don’t think we’re realistically getting an upgrade on him. But what we need is someone to complement him, who can take over during his dry spells and when he gets tired. the problem has been we basically ran him into the ground. If we had someone who could take at least some of the burden off him and challenge for the spot of oour main striker we’d be a better off already.

Sam Crow
Sam Crow

Why is he run into the ground? Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo etc play twice a week every week and never look knackered

emob
emob

But he does. So what to do about it? Get all up in arms about it or look for a solution?

Sam Crow
Sam Crow

Who says he’s run into the ground? He hardly played in the latter parts of the season and that help him set the world alight.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

They have it pretty easy in their league though don’t they. Same is true of PSG and Bayern for that matter.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

Yes, they have maybe 6-10 tough games (plus the CL) but most of the other games are like training

Juan Cornetto
Juan Cornetto

I’m not clear on what the tempting offer is from England. Is it for a sofa at DHS? If so, don’t be taken in Alvaro, those offers are running all the time, hardly anyone pays full price for a sofa there.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

I think you mean DFS. Not the Department of Homeland Security…

Juan Cornetto
Juan Cornetto

I know what I meant. And you’re right, it was DFS. It can be very hard to buy sofa’s at the Department of Homeland Security, they insist on collection and for those of us with small cars it’s a logistical nightmare.

GeneWildersCrazyDNA
GeneWildersCrazyDNA

Haha you’re explanation is both compelling and understandable, well played sir!

Dutch
Dutch

If Madrid buy him back from Juventus and sell him on to us, then he makes two transfers in one window right? Is that allowed?

emob
emob

It’s about the registration of the player, not the transfre per se.

Dutch
Dutch

That makes sense, Thanks!

Tommy
Tommy

I, for one, think we already have a world class striker in Sanchez, it’s such a pity Wenger stubbornly misuses him by sticking him out on the wing. He could be our Aguero. Of course I’d like me a Higuain or Cavani, but let’s be real – of all the realistic CF targets this summer, it’s hard to find a player better than Sanchez. A modern winger/wide advanced midfielder (or two) should be a top priority for us – Walcott and Ox haven’t lived up to expectations, Campbell is mistrusted, and playing Ramsey on the wing is big enough proof that we’re short there anyway. Mkhitaryan, Reus, Ferreira Carrasco or Mata (who will probably be out of Mourinho’s favor) would do us a world of good.
Imagine:
——————Cech——————–
Bellerin – Koulibaly – Koscielny – Monreal
———— Cazorla – Xhaka ————-
Mkhitaryan —– Ozil – —-Mata/Reus/Carrasco/Gaitan/Yarmolenko
—————-Sanchez——————-

Viva la Prof
Viva la Prof

I agree about Sánchez, I think he could be our Saurez but way less racist

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Not sure he would be the same player without the biting and the racism

london
london

Morata or Aubameyang.

I know which one I’d rather

Gutbukket Deffrolla
Gutbukket Deffrolla

Arsenal or Real Madrid.

I know which one they’d rather

Reality Sucks!!!!

broken red army
broken red army

please no Morata. even in his current club he is behind Dybala and Manzu, even Zaza is a much more profilic finisher. I know he had one great sprint through Bayern’s defence before his assist but that was one the few highlights of a medicore season he had. (somehow reminds me of Walcott vs Liverpool years ago) he has qualities of course. but not the ones we need. we need a executionar for our attack a finisher. Id prefer any of Higuain Lukaku Auba Dybala Griezman or Icardi. and yes Icardi in my opinion, is right behind Higuain in SeriA as best finisher. (despite stats anyone whove watch the competition knows what I’m saying)

Chamakh
Chamakh

Griezmann is definitely not a lone striker and a superb finisher, could even struggle against deep lying PL defences if played as CF as he is pretty small. If he one day wanted to come to Arsenal he would probably suit better as a wing forward. One of the best but not the CF Arsenal need, and probably wouldn’t even want to move.

Higuain is a quality player but financially doesn’t make sense at all because of his age. Lukaku is an alternative but there are many possible teams for him which will probably bring the price up to over 60 mil. Is he that good?

heihaci
heihaci

Ppl thumbed me down for suggesting we sign Paulo Dybala last summer. We should go in with a big bid for him IMO

Trez
Trez

Too late for that. Don’t think he ever wanted to leave Italy to be honest.

emob
emob

By all suggestions we were actually in for Dybala but he choose Juventus.

Viva la Prof
Viva la Prof

It would have been great to get him before, Dybala I mean, but we missed that boat.

I would love us to get Lewandowski. I feel like a cunt for thinking deep down that OG (that’s the handsome french bastard not Owen Goals or Ice T) is probably going to be top goal scorer at the euros, but naturally comeback and be shit for us, while I spend the season reading how we almost got Aubameyang before he went to Utd.

Gandalf
Gandalf

This all begs the question: why the fuck didn’t we go for him when he left Real Madrid?

Gutbukket Deffrolla
Gutbukket Deffrolla

Maybe we did and the Press just didn’t find out. Wenger doesn’t like to do his business in public.

Chamakh
Chamakh

What about James Rodriguez? Will surey leave Real but is he too much of a glamour signing? Could play on the right wing and provide goals/ supply for Alexis and a CF.

An Ox-sized Coq
An Ox-sized Coq

Morata has proven time and time again that he plays his best in the big games. Last year scored in both legs of the CL semifinal against Real Madrid, and scored in the final against Barca as well. This year he absolutely destroyed Bayern but for some reason was substituted, where Bayern went on to score 4 goals and comeback. Morata also scored the winning goal in the Coppa Italia in extra time. I don’t really care what level of football you’re playing, players who come up in moments like that are worth their weight in gold.

Chamakh
Chamakh

Allegri might have some pressure to play Dybala as he was their major signing last summer. They also have Mandzukic and he may pair up with Dybala better than Morata (not watched too many of their games tbf) Agree with you that Morata was man of the match before being substituted in that match, not sure if I have seen such performance from any arsenal player during the last few seasons (apart from alexis against some weaker teams maybe)

Gutbukket Deffrolla
Gutbukket Deffrolla

What use is Morata scoring in Semifinals and Finals if we don’t get that far? There’s no finals in the Premier League. We need somebody who will consistently perform in the little games, and no, I’m not being funny there.

santori
santori

Clearly not “world Class’ yet when you consider he only scored half the amount of the always criticised Giroud (even if he scores plenty from the bench). Giroud has plenty of assists.

But Morata has massive potential.

And as I have frequently repeated, the problem with Giroud is not Giroud. he scores 20 goals a season. The problem is Welbeck and Walcott for what ever reason regarding fitness, starting or simply not scoring.

Giroud is not the problem.

the problem is the supporting cast.

Welbeck still has plenty of potential fulfilling the pacy direct role but also offers some of Giroud’s hold up play (albeit not as accomplished)

The reason why Wenger put Giroud back in in the first place was Welbeck wasn’t exactly scoring either which is when he got his injury when deployed to the wing.

The issue with the team was not scoring. Following Flamini and Ramsey coming in initially, many feared the mythical soft centre but we actually did very well without some of our top assets. Flamini arguably adjusted better to Ramsey then Coquelin did later coming back in when we leaked 13 goals in 7 matches. Flamini had to obviously adjust to his own game and sat deeper.

It was when our top assets came back that we started to dry up in goals. Alexis was having a poor re-introduction if you remember, Walcott wasn’t exactly effective either. COmbine that with Giroud going dry and Welbeck not exactly putting them in either, Ramsey became a bit more adventurous and was dissconnected from Flamini (we then saw results like the one against Liverpool…repeated later when Coquelin/Elneny were anchoring it must be said)

As mentioned, it is common for a striker to go through a barren spell. Giroud’s problem was the supporting cast.

I think we need a more creative striker who can capitalise in tighter confines.

Morata strikes me as a RVP player albeit with more strength up top.

Should we get him, it would be a good buy indeed.

Chamakh
Chamakh

One of the best posts I’ve read here. Giroud is a quality player but needs competition, you can’t expect him to deliver in 50 matches per season. Also think we would need more competition on the wings, more than we need a CB, as Iwobi can’t be trusted as first choice yet and Walcott and Ox have been pretty poor. Campbell showed glimpses but the question is is he good enough to play every week on the required level, plus I think he might be a bit too slow for the wing role. Then you have Gnabry but can he jump from a u21 player to a starter in a top PL team?

Sam
Sam

I’ve watched most of Juve’s games this season. Morata is class – fast, skilful, good finisher. He’s likely to feature for Spain in the Euros (started their last friendly and got 2 goals). If Wenger wants him, shouldn’t dither (again), but talk to RM and do the deal now. If he has a good Euro’s, his price will be such that Wenger won’t want to pay it.
Don’t know how much say Morata has in the transfer, but he’ll want to play for a team that doesn’t bench him. He’s too good for that now. At RM, he’d be on the bench, like at Juve (they play Mandzukic with Dybala just behind him).