Coming off a disappointing Champions League showing, Arsenal rebounded by squeaking past Everton 2-0 to maintain third place on the Premier League table. Now the Gunners and manager Arsene Wenger, along with their 51 goals for this term, appear intent on bolstering their attack in anticipation of Santi Cazorla’s expected move back to Spain. Only Chelsea and Manchester City have scored more goals than Arsenal, and another Champions League bid seems all but evident barring a major late-term collapse.
The Daily Mirror reported that Atletico Madrid appear confident in their plans to bring the 30-year-old Carzola back to La Liga since he left Malaga in 2012.
Cazorla is second on the Gunners with seven goals and leads the squad with six assists, and even the threat of losing that kind of production is enough for Wenger to make pre-emptive plans.
Wenger could take advantage of what appears to be a growing divide between Juventus and star forward Alvaro Morata. Express reports the 22-year-old former Real Madrid player desires a steady first-team role but the reigning Serie A champions are plotting a move for sensational Palermo striker Paulo Dybala.
Morata has netted six goals during league play and recently added his second Champions League goal against Borussia Dortmund last week, but playing time could still be sparse next year if the Turin side lands Dybala.
Arsenal will have to contend with rivals Liverpool for Morata, and Juventus’ asking price will have to exceed the £14.5 million they paid for him last year.
However, the Gunners are also angling for position in the Dybala sweepstakes, Express also reported. Dortmund are currently in the lead with a £30 million bid, but the Gunners, Chelsea and Manchester United are all looking to bring the 21-year-old Argentine to England.
Either Morata or Dybala would fit in well at Emirates, increasing pressure on defenses and taking some of it off leading scorer Alexis Sanchez.
Another option Wenger’s reportedly weighing is TSG 1899 attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino, according to The People.
The report stresses that Arsenal’s chief scout Steve Rowley has already evaluated the 23-year-old Firmino, who’s worth an estimated £20 million after netting six goals and assisting seven more in Bundesliga this term.
Adding another playmaker, rather than a scorer, might be ideal for Wenger. Sanchez seems to enjoy working at the top of the attack, and Firmino’s shown the ability to find teammates in tight spaces.