According to reports in UK newspaper, The Daily Mirror, Atletico Madrid forward Adrian Lopez is the prime transfer target of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. A £14 million move in January has been mooted.
Pursuing Lopez is a smart move by the Gunners. The tricky and fleet-footed Spanish attacker is an ideal fit for Arsenal's front three.
Lopez offers subtle movement and a natural technique, two qualities that are essential in Arsenal's expansive style of play. He has occupied wide positions in Madrid's hybrid attacking three and knows how to vary the movement and timing of his runs from the flanks.
Lopez will provide a more technically-assured outlet, working in unison with Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski. Arsenal certainly have a need for this type of player.
Lopez represents an upgrade over Theo Walcott. The disgruntled wide man's contract negotiations have yet to bear fruit. Five-goal forward and current leading scorer Gervinho, is scheduled for Africa Cup of Nations duty with the Ivory Coast in the new year.
Lopez would be a more than adequate replacement and offers the versatility Wenger likes his forward players to possess. He is capable of playing through the middle, in the same way Gervinho, and to a lesser extent Podolski, have been utilized at times this season.
That could prove vital if Giroud continues to take time adapting to the pace and rigours of the English Premier League. It would also mean Arsenal could risk dumping below-par striker Marouane Chamakh, without worrying about the effects on squad depth.
Lopez fired in 19 goals last season and would fit in well with fellow Spaniards Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla.
The 24-year-old would be an excellent signing for the Gunners, as exactly the kind of intelligent and fluid forward player Wenger needs to make his attractive, attacking football work.849839