With ideal targets difficult to come by, a loan move for Juventus staple Sebastian Giovinco stands out as a potential switch that could greatly benefit all parties involved.
The Press Association (h/t The Guardian) quotes Arsene Wenger admitting his team's need for reinforcements this winter, with a loan move specifically pointed as a possibility:
"Nothing has changed because we are open to a possible solution and if something interesting turns up we will do it. It could be a loan as well yes."
Those quotes coincide with the news that the Gunners are alleged to be eyeing up Giovinco's signature, per Metro's Jamie Sanderson, who reinforces that the Italian would offer cover both out wide and up front if needed, in a similar fashion to Walcott.
LBC's Simon Conway admits that Walcott's injury increases the need for back-up exponentially:
CNN's Tancredi Palmeri cites Sky Italy, confirming that Arsenal have enquired about the player's availability:
Giovinco, a graduate of the Juve academy and a Turin native from birth, has always been heralded as a potential star at the Old Lady, but his progress has been blocked by numerous obstacles limiting his progress in recent seasons.
This term, the 26-year-old has once again found himself on the fringes of Antonio Conte's squad and has made just two Serie A starts, failing to come off the bench in seven league matches, per Transfermarkt.co.uk.
With that being said, it's a wealth of attacking options that has prevented the speedster from having the desired impact, not necessarily a lack of ability at the top level.
If Giovinco is to have a hope of gaining more prominence in Cesare Prandelli's Italy squad in time for the 2014 World Cup, this could provide the forward with a good chance of gaining first-team minutes at a club where they're now on offer.
The Bianconeri attacker would provide some more natural backup to Olivier Giroud in the absence of an injured Nicklas Bendtner, should the Frenchman pick up another feared injury.
Giovinco is different to Giroud. He's small in frame, technical on the ball and looks to outwit defenders. He is better out wide than as an out-and-out striker.
He may yet re-establish himself as one of Italy's most dangerous attackers if handed the opportunity to do so, and the Emirates Stadium currently looks a setting to do just that.
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