Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Stevan Jovetic Would Be Perfect Fit for Gunners

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2013

BOLOGNA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26:  Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina in action during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on February 26, 2013 in Bologna, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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One of Arsenal's summer priorities—alongside adding a true holding midfielder and bolstering the defense—must be to add another quality striker to that team.

A name that would certainly get fans excited would be Stevan Jovetic, one of the exciting young talents in Europe. And if you believe rumors in March, that's exactly who the team will be targeting. 

On Friday, John Cross of The Mirror reported the team's rumored interest in Jovetic:

Arsene Wenger has made Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic his main summer target.

The Arsenal boss is monitoring weekly scouting reports on Jovetic, who also plays for Montenegro in England's World Cup qualifying group.

On Monday, Richard Arrowsmith of The Mirror added the following:

Arsene Wenger is understood to have been tracking the 23-year-old for some time and is prepared to pay up to £20million to secure his signature.

However, Arsenal could face competition from Manchester City and Juventus, according to reports from Italy.

Jovetic has 15 goals and seven assists for Fiorentina in all competitions this season.

Jovetic isn't a pure striker that will beat teams in the air, but he is a versatile forward capable of also playing on the wing or in an attacking midfield or second striker role. He would fit very well into Arsene Wenger's system reliant on spacing and ball-control.

The Gunners already have a more traditional striker in Olivier Giroud. Jovetic is more an attacker who thrives in space, will make defenders look silly trying to mark him one-on-one and is very deadly from range when he unleashes his shot. 

Adding Jovetic would all but guarantee the Theo Walcott experiment at striker will come to an end. While Walcott has been very good for the Gunners this season—he leads the team with 18 goals in all competitions—he is far better playing the right wing and stretching defenses with his blazing speed.

Imagine Arsenal with Walcott on the right, Lukas Podolski on the left and Jovetic playing forward or even false nine, a la Lionel Messi at Barcelona. With Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere behind that trio up top, scoring goals would not be an issue for Arsenal.

It remains to be seen, of course, if Wenger and the stingy Arsenal board will actually make a huge signing like Jovetic or look to spread that cash around several positions. While the team lacks a truly clinical finisher, solidifying the team's defensive play has to take priority.

Still, it's fun to dream, and signing Jovetic would be a dream addition for Arsenal fans. 


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