Arsenal Transfer News: Alvaro Morata and Robin Van Persie Would Transform Attack

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2014

Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata celebrates after scoring against  Levante during their La Liga soccer match at the Ciutat de Valecia stadium in Valencia, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
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Alvaro Morata and Robin van Persie, two players at differing stages in their respective careers, would bring a whole new dimension to Arsenal's attack if Arsene Wenger lands the pair this summer.

Both players are linked with a summer move to the Emirates, suggesting it will be an extremely busy and rumour-filled preseason for Wenger.

As exclusively revealed by Spanish football expert Guillem Balague in his guest-columnist spot for Bleacher Report UK, Morata is destined to arrive "not on loan, but transferred."

The Spanish media are also circulating similar stories, claiming a deal has already been struck between the Gunners and Real Madrid, per Jamie Sanderson of the Metro:

According to AS, Morata has agreed terms on a five-year contract with Arsenal that would see him scoop about £100,000-a-week, with the 21-year-old ready to leave boyhood club Madrid.

Arsene Wenger is said to be delighted with the news, but the club are yet to agree on a fee with Madrid – something that could still scupper the transfer.

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Robin van Persie is also being linked with a sensational return to Arsenal, reported once again by the Metro:

Van Persie, who is reportedly fed up with life at Manchester United, has privately told friends and family that he will consider leaving Old Trafford in the summer.

And now reports in Holland suggest a sensational return to Arsenal is on the cards, with Arsene Wenger open to the idea of bringing back the striker.

Although an awful lot of talking, negotiating and money exchanging needs to be done before these players agree on joining Wenger's quest for silverware, the duo are more than capable of redefining Arsenal's front line.

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Olivier Giroud has worked hard this season, scoring 14 goals in 32 appearances across the English top flight and Champions League, recorded by He possesses an excellent work rate, decent pace, prominence in the air and an appetite to link Arsenal's attacking moves with clever passes—as noted with terrific assists against Norwich and Sunderland.

He is, however, in need of world-class support. Although Wenger has finally initiated Yaya Sanogo into the first team across recent weeks, Arsenal are a far less threatening side with Giroud out of the team. Both Morata and van Persie would rectify this, albeit with different long-term goals in mind.

Morata is an intelligent player whose grace could serve Arsenal for the next decade. The youngster glides beyond opponents with power and skill, can hold the ball up effectively and also looks to bring his teammates into play via short, sharp passes.

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His four goals at last year's European U-21 Championships also put his quality into perspective. Sure, he is failing to oust the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale from the Los Blancos team, but Arsenal don't boast any forward who would break up that trio—very little teams do—perhaps highlighted by their acquisition of Mesut Ozil.

When playing at his age level, Morata powered home four goals in bit-part appearances for the Spanish winners, reported by UEFA. His underestimated mobility on the ball and upright dribbling stance is reminiscent of a young Kaka, although Morata is destined to batter defences with weight as his maturity continues.

The Madrid starlet is confident, enthusiastic and always appears eager to achieve—criteria Wenger often looks for in his signings. He could also learn plenty under the tutelage of Giroud and van Persie, who would provide a more immediate impact on Arsenal's goal-scoring chances.

Whether RvP would be welcome back remains to be seen, but there's no denying his presence at the Emirates would galvanise lethality in front of goal. He's just one goal behind Giroud in the Premier League after playing 10 games less and often manages to maintain a run of successful strikes even when off form.

Like Giroud, van Persie also learnt to lead the line in North London. Wenger appears insistent on playing one striker for years to come, a notion that won't change with the arrival of Morata.

The Spaniard's potential is represented by a conglomeration of Giroud and van Persie's greatest attributes, both of whom would significantly aid his development if they were in the same squad. Morata has the potential to offer Giroud's passing skill and energy, combined with the Dutch striker's outright goal-scoring ability, but would need opportunities to reach his potential in North London.

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Should Wenger ensure all three forwards reside at the club, Morata would certainly have time to learn while his more established colleagues lead the charge into an exciting few years for the Premier League title challengers.

Although many dismiss Giroud's overall goal-scoring stats, his busyness is often infectious. Should Wenger allow Morata to play with the Frenchman and a natural goalscorer in the form of van Persie, the Gunners would finally flaunt enough firepower to live up to their famous nickname.