Arsenal Transfer News: Mirko Vucinic Training Alone Ahead of Juventus Exit

Michael WadeAnalyst IIIJanuary 29, 2014

Mirko Vucinic in action for Juventus.
Mirko Vucinic in action for Juventus.Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Reported Arsenal target Mirko Vucinic will train on his own at Juventus ahead of a possible last-minute move in the January transfer window.

The player's agent, Alessandro Lucci, is quoted by Sky Sport Italia (h/t as saying there is the potential for his client to move before the deadline on Friday:

Vucinic spoke with Conte and they have agreed he will train apart in these last days of the transfer market because he is involved in some possible negotiations.

But I want to say that Mirko has never asked to be sold.

Per ESPN FC, Vucinic, 30, has only started eight Serie A games for the Italian champions this season, scoring twice, and is keen to secure a move in order to play regularly.

The player could fill a void for Arsenal in the short-term, but having represented Juve in the Champions League this season he would be cup-tied and not eligible for Arsenal in that competition.

As reported by John Cross in the Mirror, Arsenal have looked at Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, Barcelona's Cristian Tello and Schalke's Julian Draxler as Arsene Wenger considers his attacking options ahead of the title run-in.

With Olivier Giroud much preferred to Lukas Podolski and Nicklas Bendtner when it comes to leading the line for the Gunners, Wenger may opt to strike a short-term deal rather than commit until the end of the season with what he has available to him.

On that basis, an agreement with Vucinic makes much sense.

Olivier Giroud has been Arsenal's main striker this season.
Olivier Giroud has been Arsenal's main striker this season.Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

However, it is hard to see how Vucinic, barring injuries, would be anything more than a sub at Arsenal and used in rotation in the FA Cup, leaving him in the same position he wants to escape from at Juventus.

But if he is given a chance and hits a run of form, even from the bench, it could put him in the shop window for a potential summer move.

Arsenal face the prospect of losing their top spot in the Premier League on Wednesday evening to Manchester City, and as Jack Pitt-Brooke points out in the Independent, the key difference between the sides is the depth of firepower available to the managers:

The biggest difference between Manchester City and Arsenal is the depth and quality of City's striking options. While Manuel Pellegrini can call on Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko, Arsenal have been desperately reliant on Olivier Giroud this season – Lukas Podolski and Nicklas Bendtner have started just three league games between them.

The shock of being overthrown in the league and seeing their title hopes rocked could force Wenger to be decisive and add more firepower to a team facing question marks about their championship credentials.