Three reasons why Arsenal should sign Fernando Llorente

Three reasons why Arsenal should sign Fernando Llorente from Juventus this summer

By Dimitri Kondonis

Solid all-round striker

The 30-year-old is lethal in the air, a trait which is somewhat uncharacteristic of Spanish internationals. Fernando Llorente is good with the ball at his feet as well, and he can hold the ball up for Arsenal’s plethora of quality midfielders to enter the attack. A problem they may have is that Olivier Giroud, the current inhabitant of the Gunners’s central striker position, shares a fairly similar profile to Llorente in terms of both style of play and goals scored.

Would provide more options

Llorente would undoubtedly add to the quality that Arsenal already have on their books, and for a fee of around £8m, there is not a great deal of risk involved for the club – who by their own admission have in excess of £200m available for transfers. He would alternate with Giroud to ensure that the Gunners are well stocked in the target-man role, so as to avoid any burnout throughout the long season ahead.

Champions League experience

Arsenal have been seeking players of Llorente’s calibre and bringing in the Spanish centre-forward would be a good deal for the club. Fresh off the back of a Champions League campaign in which his current club Juventus reached the final, Wenger would be keen to bring in yet another player who can help guide the younger players through critical moments in a match. At 30, he will have plenty of experience to lead the team – and should still be at his peak.


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