Arsenal Hit A Roadblock
After being dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Liverpool on Thursday night, Arsenal’s Friday has fared little better and with manager Mikel Arteta hoping that attacking reinforcements were soon to arrive, such plans have seemingly taken a setback.
One that comes courtesy of their attempted capture of Dusan Vlahovic and with the Fiorentina forward currently courting the attention of several Europe’s biggest clubs, any completed deal would be one of the biggest to take place this month.
While even though Vlahovic has an ever-growing list of suitors at present, it was felt that Arsenal were at the front of the queue and with under a fortnight left of the current transfer window, a deal was expected to be confirmed with plenty of time before month end.
However, the best laid plans have a habit of going awry and in Arsenal’s case, their worst fears may have been unfounded. Because with a bid of €60m and Lucas Torreira being warmly received, a switch from Fiorentina looked like to taking a massive step forward.
Which means with the latest comments from Fiorentina’s chief executive Joe Barrone, it is more a case of one step forward and two steps back. When pressed on the matter, Barrone had this to say:
“English clubs want Vlahovic, but evidently he’s got other ideas. We’re ready to negotiate, but him and his agent won’t talk.”
Bad news for the Gunners and although any capture of Vlahovic would have not come in time to face Burnley this weekend, there is no doubt that Mikel Arteta needs an extra body in terms of attack.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang currently on AFCON duty but also more importantly in exile at the Emirates, Arsenal are arguably light up front and with the race for the top-four heating up by the week, failure to land a new signing this month will derail their bid for a Champions League return.
Which means if it is not to be the landing of the 21-year-old, attention may have to be diverted elsewhere and with the likes of Alexander Isak and even Dominic Calvert-Lewin still in the frame, at least Arsenal have some alternative options to work with.