Arsenal could be preparing to enter the January transfer market in pursuit of two of Napoli's South American stars. The Gunners have been linked with Chilean forward Eduardo Vargas and Colombian wing-back Juan Camilo Zuniga.
Both players are possible departures from Serie A. Vargas has seen his playing time limited at Napoli, behind a strike force containing the prolific Edinson Cavani. Zuniga meanwhile, has been embroiled in a positional battle with Andrea Dossena.
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Arsenal have a need for the skills both players can offer. They have issues at full-back, in the wide positions and along the forward line.
Vargas is a natural supporting striker. He is versatile enough to operate anywhere in a fluid front three. He is quick and possesses the technique and flair Arsenal have missed in attack, since the summer departure of Robin van Persie.
With Theo Walcott's long-term future still uncertain, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would be wise to explore alternatives. Summer acquisitions Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud have been productive, but inconsistent.
Vargas has the pace to stretch a defense and the intelligent movement to suit Arsenal's creative passing style. Securing the South American youngster could help revitalise Arsenal's push for a top four finish.
A player who could help supply chances for Vargas to convert, is his current teammate, Zuniga. The 27-year-old wing ace could follow Vargas out of Napoli.
Insidefutbol.com claims Arsenal may have already begun exploring a possible deal for Zuniga. He is an experienced international who can operate as an attacking full-back, or wide midfielder. Zuniga would offer Arsenal a significant upgrade in this role, over the disappointing Andre Santos.
The Gunners do make use of width from both defenders and utility midfielders. Zuniga is capable of threatening either flank with his speed and direct style. He also possesses a thunderous shot and the technique to offer a legitimate scoring threat from Arsenal's midfield ranks.
By opting for some South American flair, Wenger could help return the quality and skill Arsenal's overall game has missed this season.992194