Arsenal Step Up Morata Interest But Wenger’s ‘Preference’ Is Costa/Mandzukic

By on January 7, 2014

Arsenal have stepped up their interest in signing Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata but Arsene Wenger’s preference would be to sign one of his top transfer targets on a permanent basis, according to reports today.

With Theo Walcott out for the rest of the season and Nicklas Bendtner also sidelined for a month, we can expect Arsenal to be strongly linked with a whole host of strikers over the next few weeks.

Everyone is expecting the boss to bring in a new front man this month, the big question is who.

Well the Daily Mail are reporting that Wenger’s first choice would be to sign one of his top targets with Diego Costa, Mario Mandzukic and Edin Dzeko all in the frame.

However, the boss knows very-well that pulling off a deal mid-season for any of the three is extremely unlikely, and rather than sign a sub-standard striker on a permanent basis, Wenger’s plan is to try and bring in Morata on a six-month loan deal and then move for one of his top targets again in the summer.

The newspaper states that we’re already in contact with Real Madrid over the possibility of bringing the youngster to the Emirates for the rest of the season, but the Spaniard’s have so far insisted he isn’t available.

That stance could very-well change over the coming days and weeks, but Arsenal are also thought to be compiling a list of potential short-term solutions in case a deal for Morata – or any of our top targets – can not be reached.

It sounds as though we’re going to take our time and not panic buy, but I personally feel the sooner we can get a new forward in, the better.

Part of me thinks why don’t we just trigger Costa’s £32m release clause – which would enable us to talk with the player – and then make him an offer he can’t refuse. At least give it a go. He can only turn us down. If we could land him, we’d have pulled off a major coup which would be right up there with the signing of Mesut Ozil.

Then, if Costa does turn down the move, we can target other alternatives such as Morata.

What do you think? Who would you like Arsenal to try and buy this month?


  1. ColinGooner

    January 7, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I think that Costa only has a 32m buyout during the Summer, just as Marco Reus has a 30m buyout in the Summer. Because clubs don’t want to lose them midseason, they have their buyout clause placed fairly high during the season. Wenger said the clause was 145m or something crazy like that in an interview.

  2. abraham

    January 7, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Pls Mr. Wenga open ur cheque and do something immediatelly. We need stricker badly

  3. Bernard Tegha

    January 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Costa 4 me evryday of d wk. Prolific. Bullish. Powerful. And for £32m(?) it wud be a Steal. Pls make it happen, le prof.

  4. Atiku ceasar

    January 7, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    trigger that clause and offer him 130,000 per week. costa can fire Arsenal to the tittle

  5. Paloma

    January 7, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Mr Wenger should pls buy us a striker at least Costa is a good buy if our prof can buy him

  6. happisoul

    January 7, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I don’t know why Wenger is beating around the bush, he said he needs a “special” striker. Isn’t Jackson Martinez one of them?’ Please check out his skills and goals, he is very strong, very quick, got fantastic dribbling skills, very hungry for goals… He is super quality, more so, he is an Arsenal fan. Mr Wenger, no need to look any further, i strongly believe this guy ticks all boxes for us, on a long and and short term fix.

  7. richard

    January 7, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    prof wenger pls go for costa our gap with man city is very small pls don’t gamble with this chance thank you sir

  8. unyime john

    January 7, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    There are a lot of good players out there but is just that wenger always like doing it in his own way sometimes it do work but it can’t be all the time [alexander pato, edin dzeko, diego costa, j martinez, and even wayne rooney] any one from the above can make the difference for us. I hope mr prof will grab one for us up gunners

  9. Mafuta Hosea

    January 7, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Pls Our Wenger Do The Need Full 2 Us.J.Martinez Iz Da Answer Or Even Costa.Otherwise P’ple A Over Looking Us.Uganda

  10. mulualem

    January 8, 2014 at 6:33 am

    champions giroudcannotdoenoughforarsenal

  11. Dan

    January 8, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Diego Costa

  12. crown king azeez

    January 8, 2014 at 11:06 am

    if mr wenger like should buy,if he like he should nt but dts his own problem

  13. Aussie Arena

    February 10, 2014 at 5:55 am

    A post that says so many facts. I love sports news as I stay home alone and like to watch games and sports all the time.

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