Alvaro Morata Reportedly Viewed by Arsenal as Solution to Theo Walcott Injury

Matt CheethamCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2014

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 21: Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid attacks during the pre season friendly match between Bournemouth and Real Madrid at Goldsands Stadium on July 21, 2013 in Bournemouth, England, (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Arsenal's hunt for an immediate remedy up front may lead them to Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, according to The Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel.

Mokbel highlights Arsenal's growing concerns in attack, with Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott both sidelined. He predicts the Gunners will "re-double their efforts" to sign the Spaniard this week.

Mokbel goes on to say:

Wenger sees Morata as the perfect stop-gap between now and the end of the season, but Real have informed the Gunners that the talented striker is not available on a permanent or temporary basis.

But Arsenal remain in contact with Madrid chiefs and are hoping for a significant breakthrough.

While the report doesn't appear particularly convinced that Arsenal will land their man, the club is becoming alarmingly light in attack and must explore all available options.

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 28:  Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid CF shoots towards goal under a challenge by Thibaut Courtois of Atletico de Madrid during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Bernabeu on September 28, 2013 in
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Walcott is sidelined for the rest of the season and Bendtner is also injured, leaving the entire responsibility on Olivier Giroud, who has already started 26 games for the Gunners this season.

Playing Lukas Podolski out of position is the only other viable alternative, giving Wenger limited manoeuvrability from the bench.

Morata would provide a handy threat if deputising for Giroud. The Spain Under-21 international has started just one La Liga game for Madrid all season but has still managed two goals in nine fleeting appearances from the bench.

Jese's emergence has made Morata's opportunities even more scarce, and the current lack of first-team appearances must make him more open to a loan switch.

His return of 12 goals in 11 appearances for Spain's Under-21s shows exactly what he can do if given a platform. He was the top scorer at the Under-21 European Championships in Israel during the summer and needs to be playing at this primitive stage of his career.

Tall, two-footed and imposing in the air, he has a game suited for the physicality of the Premier League. He would provide Arsenal far more presence than attacking midfielders playing out of position and is also capable of featuring out widewhere Jose Mourinho occasionally played him last season.

Arsenal are approaching a tough run of Premier League fixtures where they struggled last season, winning just one of the next six scheduled games.

Adding additional firepower now is essential in sustaining their Premier League challenge; Morata is an option that must be fully explored.