Italian Attacker: “I Am Gratified By Arsenal’s Interest”

By on March 11, 2015

Stephan El Shaarawy has claimed he’s “gratified” by Arsenal’s interest in signing him this summer but insists he’s only focus on doing well for AC Milan.

We’ve long been linked with El Shaarawy and rumours have once again resurfaced in recent weeks suggesting Arsene Wenger could make a move for the 22-year-old at the end of the season.

The Italian international has been on the sidelines for over five weeks after breaking his metatarsal back in January but he’s now edging his way back to full fitness.

The forward has responded to reports linking him with a move to the Emirates by saying he’s “gratified” by Arsenal’s interest but insists his only aim right now is to regain full fitness and help Milan.

He told reporters:

“I am gratified by Arsenal’s interest, certainly, but my objective is to come back for Milan and do well at Milan.”

“I am recovering well, later this week I should be removing the cast and then the rehabilitation process can begin.”

El Shaarawy has struggled for both form and fitness this season with the attacker scoring just once for an AC Milan side that currently sit way down in tenth place in the Serie A table.

This follows another injury-hit campaign last season that restricted him to just 9 appearances in all competitions, so based on his injury record it seems like he already has ‘Arsenal DNA’.

In all seriousness, an injury-prone player is the last thing we need and with just 23 appearances and two goals over the past two seasons, El Shaarawy may be someone we should avoid this summer.

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