Posted on Tuesday, 18th December 2012 by Tony Merakli
The 20-year-old is currently enjoying a productive breakthrough season at the San Siro side, scoring 14 goals in 17 Serie A games so far this season, and it seems he has a huge admirer in Wenger, who fully approves of the youngsters technical ability.
Asked about El Shaarawy’s recent form last week, Wenger couldn’t help but praise the young forward, admitting he would suit Arsenal’s style of philosophy perfectly:
‘El Shaarawy is a very mobile, very technical young player. His philosophy fits perfectly with mine.’
After making those comments, Wenger was then asked if the AC Milan starlet may well be a possible winter transfer target, given the club are indeed looking to strengthen their forward line, the Frenchman subtly replied:
‘You never know. I just say I love the way he plays.’
The Metro suggests Milan could sell El Shaarawy in order to fund other deals this January and also claim he could cost well in the excess of £20 million, a sum which Wenger has never parted with since his arrival in 1996.
The Gunners have ‘considerable funds’ to spend this January, so a move for El Shaarawy could well be on the table.
But would he suit Arsenal’s style of play as Wenger suggest? I believe so.
I’ve seen a bit of the Italian international this season, both in Europe and in Serie A, and I have to say he is a special, raw talent. He is a technically gifted youngster who posses great movement and finishing, as his current record for Milan suggests, and this is what we currently lack up-front.
There is no doubt in my mind he would suit our style of play, and under the tutelage of Wenger he could well become the next big thing. But would I spend over £20 million for a 20-year-old? I don’t’ think so. For that amount Wenger is better off signing a more experienced striker, rather than gambling on a relatively unproven one.
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