There's no question that Arsenal lacks punch in the scoring department. In fact, its the worst-kept secret in English football at the moment. And that's why Arsene Wenger's recent praise of AC Milan's Stephan El Shaarawy is sure to send butterflies a-fluttering in the hearts of Gooners.
According to the Metro, Wenger recently admired the mobility and technical precision of the young striker, before coyly deflecting a question about the possibility of El Shaarawy being a transfer target:
The Frenchman was then quizzed as to whether El Shaarawy may well be a possible transfer target, given the club’s desire to add to their forward options in the new year, and Wenger did little to suggest it was off the agenda.
‘You never know,’ he added. ‘I just say I love the way he plays.’
The comments come in a week when speculation has been rife that Milan may well part with their leading light in a bid to raise extra cash to fund other deals.
El Shaarawy won't come cheap, of course—the Metro piece notes his price tag could be in the £20 million range—but Arsenal has the cash, desperately needs more firepower and is danger this season of seeing its streak of Champions League appearances come to an end.
It all adds up to the team making a big splash. And El Shaarawy seems like type of player Wenger would be willing to splash the cash to land.
The 20-year-old—yes, he's just 20, a fact Wenger surely loves—is having his best season to date, with 13 goals and two assists in 16 appearances for AC Milan. He certainly has a flair about him in his play, as you'll see below.
How about that rocket? And how about this run?
Some folks may wonder why AC Milan would sell off a young talent that has easily been the side's best player this year. But if the Italian side is truly looking to accumulate money to re-tool the side, El Shaarawy would certainly be the player to sell.
This might yet be a pipe dream for Arsenal, but if the Gunners do land Il Faraone it could potentially be the stroke of Wenger genius this team needs to turn its season around.
While I think he would be versatile enough to play either as an attacking midfielder or on the wings, I think he would be the most threatening for the Gunners as a striker. He would certainly give Wenger and the team some much-needed options.
For a team nicknamed the Gunners, Arsenal hasn't had much ammunition of late. El Shaarawy would certainly light some fuses in North London.
Hit me up on Twitter—my tweets want some added punch in Arsenal's attack. Desperately.