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Friday, 17 January 2014

Arsenal: Could Nani be back on Wenger's radar?


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In the summer it was rumoured that Arsene Wenger was interested in bringing Manchester United winger Nani to the Emirates. The move never came off, but with talk that David Moyes may now be willing to let the Portuguese international leave, could Wenger return with an official bid?

The season-ending injury sustained by Theo Walcott against Spurs may persuade Wenger to enter the transfer market to boost his attacking options. The Frenchman has never really been a fan of the January transfer window after big money moves for Jose Antonio Reyes and Andrei Arshavin turned out to be failures, but with the Gunners still leading the way in the Premier League, new blood could see them over the finishing line.

NaniWenger may point to the fact that his midfield options are strong enough and that he doesn't require Nani's services any more. Oxlade-Chamberlain is back to full fitness, while Aaron Ramsey could be back for this weekend's match against Fulham. Throw the youngster Serge Gnabry into the mix too and Arsenal have a fabulous selection of midfielders to choose from. But nobody at Arsenal, bar Walcott, possesses the sheer pace of Nani.

The Portuguese winger has been a thorn in the Gunners' side down the years, bombing past the full backs, delivering pin-point balls into the box for Rooney and co, and finding the back of the net himself. He simply loves playing at the Emirates. Nani, who has only made eight appearances in the Premier League this season, has fallen way down the pecking order at United and Moyes is prepared to let the 27-year-old leave. 

Nani, who United signed for £25 million, would cost a fraction of that price and a new club and new challenge could be the springboard he needs to get his career back on track. Nani's sheer pace and willingness to get behind the back four - along with his title-winning experience - would give the Gunners yet another attacking option as they bid to end their trophy drought.

Of course Arsenal are also in the market for the impressive German midfielder Julian Draxler. The Schalke star has a 45 million euros release clause and Wenger has reportedly made him his number one target. Draxler has the world at his feet and German giants Bayern Munich are desperate to land him, but reports coming out of the youngster's camp is that Arsenal is his preferred option. Although he is injured, Wenger is still willing to do business now, believing he can turn the attacking midfielder into a striker like Thierry Henry.

With only two weeks of the transfer window remaining, I'm sure there will be plenty more names linked with a move to Arsenal. All Arsenal fans hope for though is that Wenger does indeed splash the cash.

Calling all Arsenal fans: Would you be interested in signing Nani or would you put all of your available resources into capturing the signature of Draxler? Do you think Draxler could be the next Henry or should Wenger sign a proven marksman to take the pressure off Olivier Giroud? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.

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