Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gunners Must Continue Chasing Antonio Sanabria

Aidan ReynoldsContributor IIIDecember 15, 2013

Arsene Wenger is rumoured to be leading the chase for Barcelona's Antonio Sanabria.
Arsene Wenger is rumoured to be leading the chase for Barcelona's Antonio Sanabria.Scott Heavey/Getty Images

With Antonio Sanabria allegedly agreeing to terms with another club, Arsenal are the front-runners to land the 17-year-old's signature. Nevertheless, Arsene Wenger should continue his pursuit of Sanabria to ensure the youngster completes the move to North London.

Alex Richards at the Mirror wrote that Wenger is preparing to activate Sanabria's release clause in January, which is believed to be in the region of £2.5 million. 

While it could be argued that Arsenal should be chasing someone with more experience who could slot straight into the side, the addition of Sanabria would offer them an exciting option in relief of Olivier Giroud.

With both Chelsea and Roma reported to be interested in the Barcelona player, Wenger cannot let up his pursuit. As we saw last season when Loic Remy switched between Newcastle and QPR at the last moment, no transfer is complete until the player has signed his contract.

Sanabria's reason for leaving Barcelona is thought to be a lack of first-team opportunities, which admittedly seems strange for a player as young as he is. Despite this, it shows his level of ambition, and the current striker situation at Arsenal means he would be given the chance to impress soon after arrival.

A January transfer is a good move, too. Arsenal are well-set in the league and playing with confidence. If Sanabria were to make the switch from Spain to England, he would have a five-month acclimation period in which he would be afforded the luxury of a slow start.

Despite the fact that the Gunners seem to need striking options, they remain at the top of the table, and their midfield is proving more than capable of scoring goals.

If the Paraguayan were to struggle to adapt to life in the Premier League, he would be given strong support from Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, which would relieve the pressure on him to make an instant impact.

That's the absolute worst-case scenario, as any immediate contribution from him would be a huge bonus. His low price tag also means that Wenger is free to bring in more players in January.

There's a lot of reasons to bring him in, but not many not to. First, however, Arsenal must finish the chase and secure his signature.