Veteran Inter Milan striker Diego Milito would be the perfect addition for Arsenal in the January transfer window. The Gunners are being linked with a move for the former UEFA Champions League winner, who is currently only seeing limited action in Serie A.
Ladbrokes.com first reported the rumour, which was later picked up by football-italia.net. Both sources claim Milito's reduced number of first team appearances and Inter's own financial issues could prompt a move.
Landing a striker of Milito's class and pedigree, would be a major coup for the Gunners. Boss Arsene Wenger needs to reinforce his forward line and would find few better candidates that Milito. The Argentine front man, is a crafty attacker who possesses the strength and technique Arsenal currently lack in forward areas.
Like former talisman, turned defector, Robin van Persie, Milito's best quality is his intelligent movement. His subtle runs in and around the box take Militio away from defenders and make him a natural foil for midfield creativity. Arsenal are struggling to find a roving forward who can act as the focal point of their attack.
They have auditioned the likes of Gervinho, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott in the role. What the Gunners need is a player who combines skilful finishing, power and guile. Milito offers all three attributes in abundance.
In the 2009/10 season, his goals fired Inter to Champions League glory. He scored two superbly taken goals against Bayern Munich in that tournament's final. Milito has the instincts of a poacher, with the pace and strength of a natural target man.
He is also calm and accurate in front of goal, two qualities that have been rare in Arsenal's attack this season. Perhaps just as appealing to Wenger, Milito is a quality player on the ball. His link play is excellent and he has no trouble threading passes through for teammates in the box.
There is little against recommending a move for a player who would give Arsenal a complete striker. The only possible concern would be Milito's age. The 33-year-old is certainly in the twilight of his distinguished career.
However, that kind of experienced presence could be vital to Arsenal. In particular, Milito's big game and trophy-winning experience would be invaluable to a squad short on both. His temperament and quality could make the decisive contribution in the Gunners push to retain their lucrative top four status.
Of course, until more solid details emerge, this is merely speculation. However, if there is even a slight chance of bringing Milito to Arsenal this winter, Wenger must take it.16462