Get ready for it. Get ready for every single forward who "might need a change of scenery" or "who really wants more time on the pitch before the World Cup" or one who "really just wants to play for a quality club" to be linked to Arsenal this January.
It's no secret that Arsenal are thin at the position, with an over-run Olivier Giroud currently without a deputy, at least until Nicklas "FIFA/FIFAPro World XI" Bendtner returns from injury. And thus, they're going to be linked to every forward under the sun until they logically add a veteran on loan.
One such veteran that has been linked to the club—and would make a ton of sense, as well—is Sebastian Giovinco of Juventus. And his agent confirmed that the team has made contact, via Jamie Sanderson of the Metro:
After reports emerged that [Arsene] Wenger is pushing hard to do business, the player’s agent has admitted that talks have been held with Arsenal.
"We have had contact with Arsenal," said Claudio Pasqualin.
"It was a request for information about his situation. There was nothing more [at the moment]."
It’s thought that Arsenal want to sign Giovinco on-loan until the end of the season, with the Italy ace keen to play regularly ahead of the World Cup.
Giovinco isn't a pure centre-forward like Giroud, but he doesn't need to be as his deputy. Much like Theo Walcott, Giovinco has the pace, scoring touch and versatility to both play out wide and fill in at forward when required to do so.
With him in tow, Wenger could play more of a 4-3-3 system as we've seen from Arsenal in the past (they generally play a 4-2-3-1 these days), allowing Giovinco to operate as almost a second striker in the attack from the wider positions.
Imagine a front three of Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Giovinco late in the game if the Gunners required a goal—that's a lot of firepower on the pitch together.
Besides, if Wenger continues to hold back a smile while insisting that the Gunners are fine at forward with Bendtner deputizing Giroud at the position, adding a player with more versatility and a broader skill set seems preferable to bringing in a perhaps-over-the-hill option like, say, Dimitar Berbatov.
Arsenal are largely on top of the table this season due to versatility. Battling a number of injuries and lacking the overall depth of Chelsea or Manchester City, Wenger has been forced to move his players around the pitch.
We've seen Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere play all over the midfield, and even play a bit at winger. Nacho Monreal has been utilized at winger from time to time as well. Both Walcott and Podolski played striker. Bacary Sagna has played centre-back. Mathieu Flamini has played in defense. Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky have played either as wingers or center attacking mids.
The point is, Wenger has found a way to utilize his players in a number of roles, and they've responded with aplomb. With Giovinco, he'd have one more versatile option to mix and match across the pitch. And in turn, Giovinco would get more playing time ahead of the World Cup and get to join the EPL title race.
In other words, he fulfills most of the cliches that will surround Arsenal in this January transfer window. This loan may not happen, but it would certainly make sense.