Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Gunners Want FC Barcelona Youngster Gerard Deulofeu On Loan

 
on June 28 2013 3:12 PM

Arsenal want to pluck another young talent from the FC Barcelona academy. Reports in The Daily Star, claim the Gunners want to sign young forward Gerard Deulofeu on a season-long loan.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of Deulofeu. He tried to sign him on a permanent deal two summers ago.

In July, 2011, The Daily Mail reported that Barcelona were resisting Wenger's attempts to snatch Deulofeu in the same way he had Cesc Fabregas.

Eventually the Catalan giants won the fight to keep Deulofeu. Now they appear anxious for him to gain some valuable experience of first-team football in a top league.

He was a star for the Barca B team last season. Deulofeu scored 18 goals and showcased a breathtaking array of skills.

He is a fleet-footed wide forward who combines tremendous quickness with first-rate technique. Deulofeu displays awesome close control when running at speed and is tricky enough to outwit any markers he does not outpace.

In terms of physical stature, he is very much in the Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta mold. But that will not bother Arsenal.

Wenger has not been wary of exposing diminutive, but technically gifted players to the rugged environment of the English Premier League.

The Gunners chief would welcome another attack-minded forward who possesses pace and creativity. Deulofeu would be an excellent fit for the wide berths in Wenger's 4-2-3-1 formation.

Arsenal have a need for a player with the 19-year-old's qualities in those positions. Lukas Podolski is not the quickest or most skilled out wide. The Germany international is better when drifting off the flank into central areas.

Theo Walcott has the right-side locked down. But he likes to roam through the middle and has started to occupy central areas more often. Arsenal also lack a wide player who can match Walcott's speed and direct style.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been utilized there on occasion. But the England youth needs more time as a central midfielder, a role that better suits his talents.

Ivory Coast forward Gervinho is too erratic in his decision-making. He also lacks the confidence to regularly run at a defence.

The former Lille star is currently a transfer target for Marseille, according to French Newspaper LE10. His exit would pave the way for Deulofeu to get plenty of game time in North London.

The Barca prodigy is a precocious talent and has been developed in a style of football similar to Arsenal's quick, pass-and-move game. That brand of football should help the Gunners fend off competition for the deal from Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

Deulofeu would prove to be a useful member of the attacking rotation. He would give the Gunners the kind of direct pace and intricate trickery they are missing on the flanks.

Taking Deulofeu on loan would be a shrewd move from Wenger. He would acquire a young creative ace perfectly suited to Arsenal's version of the beautiful game.

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