Arsenal seems to have lost interest in landing Swansea’s Spanish striker Michu as they have dropped interest in acquiring his services according to the Metro. The Spanish international had a season to remember for Swansea last term, scoring 22 goals in all competitions and earning his first call up to the Spain squad.
It was also reported that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had shortlisted Michu as one of his main targets as he looked to reinforce his forward line in the summer. Swansea told the Gunners to pay £25m for the 27-year-old, putting them off of a summer approach but Wenger maintained an interest ahead of the January transfer window. But Michu has regressed back to normality this term, scoring just twice in 12 appearances in the Premier League so far.
To make it worst, Michu received another huge blow after it was revealed that he would need surgery on a troublesome ankle that will keep him out for six weeks. That has forced Wenger to look to alternative options, who is in need of a quick impact player to support Olivier Giroud.
It seems that Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is also ready to look for alternatives, following the news of Michu’s injury. Swans boss Michael Laudrup told reporters:
“What has happened in the last couple of weeks has changed things.
“We will probably do something now in January and try to add something that we don’t have in certain positions. The numbers are a bit down and that is risky for the last four months of the season.”
That is certainly a negative development and I am not surprised that Wenger has shelved his interest in him. By wanting a striker in January, Arsenal need a player that will be available to hit the ground running and help change the club’s fortunes in attack. Michu would have been a decent acquisition since he already has Premier League experience and might just settle into the team seamlessly but the news of his injury is certainly a blow. With him expected to undergo surgery on a troublesome ankle injury and the healing time estimated to be six weeks which could end up been longer,when will he now be fit enough to help the team. Hence, it is just wise to shelve the plan.
Michu has been a shadow of the striker that lit up the Premier League last season as he has scored just two league goals this season. If Arsenal are buying a new striker, it should be one that is blazing hot not one that his struggling to hit form in front of goal as we already have that with Giroud and Bendtner. Now that Michu is off the list, guess it is a straight forward race between La Liga duo of Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata