Peter Crouch Heading to Arsenal?
Arsenal has targeted Liverpool's Peter Crouch as a possible replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor who has been heavily linked with moves to AC Milan and Barcelona, claimed agent Vincenzo Morabito.
"Arsenal is looking for Adebayor's replacement. Until that search is over, the negotiations won't reach the final stage, but I am fairly optimistic,” Morabito told Italian TV show Studio Sport.
The Togolese striker has been in an impressive form with the Gunners scoring 23 goals.
AC Milan has been chasing him for a couple of months now while Barcelona has reportedly offered him 29 million euros.
“The names being talked about are Peter Crouch, Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz, and Germany forward Mario Gomez,” added Morabito.
Crouch wants to leave Anfield as he is seeking "regular football," said The Arsenal Times.
Nobody can deny the passion and utter dedication Crouch performs with, but has he been the player they have been looking for to replace the solid Togo forward?
Crouch's style of play does not match Arsenal's in any way shape or form. Liverpool's style of play, however, does suit Crouch; heavily depending on left and right backs for accurate crossings into the box in which Crouch can head in with that tremendous height.
I rate Peter Crouch as a footballer and the preverbal good feet for a big man springs to mind. However, in my eyes, he is not an Arsenal player and I do not imagine Wenger wanting a player who cannot get in behind a back four and run the channels as Adebayor does.
In fact, Adebayor is one of the only strikers that Arsenal who has the pace to implement those tasks well. Crouch will almost be lost amidst Arsenal's style of play.
Yes, Crouch has scored well against the Gunners last season, but that does not mean he'll be able to cope with Wenger's tactics and style of play.
Despite this though, Wenger is also reported to have checked out Mario Gomez and Roque Santa Cruz. If this goes through, I think the Gunners will probably have one of the best front-lines in the Premier League.
But again, you never know what the Red Devils and Sir Alex Ferguson have in store this upcoming season.
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