Arsenal’s search for a top striker to give competition to Olivier Giroud keeps on moving from one country to the next. Almost every single top striker in Europe has been linked with a move to the Emirates in the summer and it is now time for another Argentine star to be on the radar for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners.
Mauro Icardi has been one of the few players that consistently done well at Inter Milan, even when last season was extremely horrible for the Serie A side. The 23-year-old Argentine did score 16 goals for the side and even provided four assists, not the worst record to have for a struggling team, that too in Italy.
Icardi is one of the brightest spots in Argentine football but would he be a great fit at Arsenal?
A proper finisher of the game
The 23-year-old is what you would call a proper finisher, he is deadly when the ball is provided to him with a chance on goal and more often than not, he does finish the scoring at least, makes the goalkeeper work, which is what you expect from most top level attackers in football.
16 goals isn’t bad at all in Serie A and the Argentine had 27 goals in 48 games for Inter Milan the season before last, which just proves that he does have a consistent scoring record in one of the toughest leagues in the world to score.
His game play is based on finishing and his ability to hold the ball really well, even though he isn’t the biggest in his frame and that could be a problem in the Premier League. He isn’t the quickest player in the league as well and one big issue is his passing, which is one of his weaknesses.
Arsenal need someone who can move the ball around and also should be able to move about and open spaces for the rest of the team but that is not what Icardi does. He prefers to stay in and around and box and hopes to finish the chances created for him.
Would he be an upgrade over Giroud? That is a tough question to answer because his goal scoring record is pretty similar to the Frenchman’s. Icardi also has a history of issues with teammates at a club and that is one thing that Arsenal do not need at all.
The 23-year-old might be one bright prospect for the future but he isn’t what Arsenal need at the moment and should not think about bidding for him.