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Why I’m gutted we’ve missed out on this Italian ace

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Well it appears Arsenal have missed out on yet another bargain this summer, one which may have some Gooners out there have their heads firmly placed in their hands.

According to talkSPORT, Fiorentina playmaker Riccardo Montolivo, who we’ve been tracking down the past year, has signed a pre-contract agreement to join AC Milan on a free at the end of the season!

It is believed the 27-year-old put pen to paper on a four-year contract with the San Siro club worth £2 million a year (£38,500-a-week).

Now I’m not sure how you guys feel about this, perhaps you’ll say there are better players out there. But I for one am disappointed with our club for not managing to get this deal done, especially one which would not see us spend any of our summer transfer funds.

The Italian international is a class act, and a player which would’ve certainly added more spark and creativity to our midfield.

Having played nearly 250 games for Fiorentina, Montolivo is a vastly experienced midfielder, who possesses a superb passing repertoire and has exceptional technique and skill. He would have definitely suited our style of play.

Again, some of you will say ‘well we have Tomas Rosicky, so who needs Montolivo?’, but strength comes in numbers, and I’m pretty sure the Italian would’ve given our Czech creator a run for his money.

To sum up, I’m just annoyed that we weren’t able to acquire a top quality player for nothing and pay him approximately £38,500-a-week, but managed to sign Marouane Chamakh on a free two years ago and pay him £60k-a-week. What a joke!

Here is what we missed out on:

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  • ogban says:

    We can’t have all the players we crave, can we?

  • Fredrik says:

    Its not as simple as that. I would imagine he’d rather play for the best side in Italy rather than a team fighting for their cl spot in England. Plus the €38k a week are most definitely his after tax income, which translates closer to €60k if we were to offer him a similar deal.

  • the don says:

    his an avrage player no better then arteta.

    i dont think we was ever seriouse and making a bid for him.

  • ne says:

    fuhh nice, i don’t want gotze

  • Goonerbeall says:

    Italians travel badly. I hear its due to their attachment to their mums- im other words mumys boys. You dont want to have a Nancys boy in your team do you? He stayed coz he would not have liked to play in UK. Its tough out here.

  • bc says:

    There is alsp the consideration that he may jave wanted to stay in italy. not everyone has desires to work abroad and uproot their family etc. also it is well known that italian international managers also prefer their players in the main to ply their trade in italy.

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