According to reports from forzaitalianfootball.com, Arsenal could pursue a transfer for Juventus striker Alessandro Matri. Manager Arsene Wenger could seek a move for the 28-year-old to help revive a floundering attack.
A powerful and active forward, Matri is quick and instinctive in the box. He is more of a natural predator than current Gunners central striker Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal lack a composed finisher to complete their often neat and incisive approach play. Matri could offer those vital qualities.
However, he would represent a risk, having fallen out of favour with the reigning Serie A champions. He was the leading scorer for The Old Lady last season.
However, Matri has fallen behind the likes of Mirko Vucinic during this campaign. That could make him available for a winter transfer.
Wenger needs help in attack. Gervinho has struggled badly and will soon be lost to the Africa Cup of Nations. Also, neither Giroud nor Lukas Podolski have completely convinced in a central role.
Lately, Wenger has resorted to giving Theo Walcott his opportunity through the middle. Though the results have been decent, Walcott has still not signed a new contract and could be set for the exit.
Wenger can't even count on quality depth. Underperforming fringe players like Marouane Chamakh and Andrei Arshavin could be ditched in January.
This could leave the Gunners wafer-thin in the striker department. Matri would be an excellent investment, provided he could settle in England.
Arsenal have a reasonable relationship with Juventus. They sold Patrick Vieira to the Bianconeri in 2005 and recently loaned striker Nicklas Bendtner to the Serie A giants.
Totalfootballmadness.com has even reported that the Gunners could engineer a swap deal for Matri. They suggest Chamakh and right-back Bacary Sagna as possible makeweights.
Arsenal need fresh recruits in attack and Matri remains a viable option for the January transfer window.