Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Arsene Wenger Targets Lower-League Striker Matej Vydra

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Arsene Wenger could look to answer Arsenal's need for a natural finisher, with a summer move for Matej Vydra. The Czech Republic striker currently plays for Watford in the Championship, English football's second-tier.

Reports in The Daily Express suggest Arsenal are interested in acquiring Vydra. He has been superb on loan for the Hornets this season, netting 20 goals. The young star possesses a poise and confidence in front of goal that Arsenal's current forward line lacks.

Despite combining for 44 goals, Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott, remain inconsistent. They score in streaks but do not provide a regular threat in every game. As the team's primary central striker, Giroud is the biggest culprit. The towering French forward offers true power and clever link-up play, but misses too many chances he should score.

The ex-Montpellier man simply isn't assured when bearing down on goal. He lacks the cool confidence former Gunners Eduardo da Silva and Robin van Persie exemplified. Clinical authority in the box is certainly not something Vydra lacks.

Currently on loan from Serie A side Udinese, there is nothing immediately obvious to explain Vydra's scoring proficiency. He is not a strong and natural target man and nor is he blessed with elite pace.

What helps Vydra succeed is mobility and intelligence. His movement in short areas is crafty and dynamic. Though he can be quiet for lengthy periods, Vydra soon springs into action when chances present themselves in and around the box.

His deceptive short-area quickness and natural instincts as a finisher, mean Vydra thrives on the kind of service Arsenal provide. He reacts to clever through passes and pounces on knock downs.

Wenger's team is badly missing this type of striker. Whether that's enough to justify a move for a player plying his trade in a lower division, is another matter. Given Arsenal's current malaise, it's certainly easy to imagine sections of their support being underwhelmed by Vydra's arrival.

However, the 20-year-old is a player on the rise who has shown the quality to flourish at a higher level. Vydra answers an obvious need for the Gunners who need to boost not only the depth, but also their starting options in attack.