Arsenal have been linked with Manchester City and Montenegrin captain Stefan Jovetic who spent last season on loan at Roberto Mancini’s Inter Milan.
Jovetic was initially signed by then Manuel Pellegrini of Manchester City in 2013 from Fiorentina after he set the Italian Seria A on fire with his excellent displays. Though a world class player on his day, Jovetic has struggled with injuries all his career which has curtailed his performance.
When it became clear that he was surplus to requirements in City, the striker was sent out on loan to Inter Milan last season for a small fee with an option to buy at €14.5 million. This seemed like a match made in heaven as the player who can play in midfield and in any forward position scored goals for fun in the first months of his signing. Things would later change drastically as the forward not only struggled with goals but also with form ending the season with a paltry 6.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Roberto Mancini isn’t interested in the permanent signing of the player which means he is likely to go back to his parent club (Manchester City) this summer.
It is unfair not to mention that even with his injury crisis, the likes of Spartak Moscow are in hot pursuit of the player and willing to upgrade his present wages at Manchester City but the player is reluctant to move to Russia as he feels the Russian League is miles behind the Premier League.
This might have alerted Arsenal who under Arsene Wenger in charge are fond of signing players for a bargain with the hope of turning them into football super-stars. To sign Jovetic, Arsenal must meet his €14.5 million valuation by Manchester City which might appear cheap but seems unwise considering the player is rarely fit as he has gone a season on the treatment table during his time in Manchester City and Fiorentina.
Wenger must think twice as there is a great difference between quality and quantity. Though Jovetic is still 26, it will require a great deal of hard-work to keep him fit and in top shape for the more physical Premier League. Arsenal do not play a three man attack 4-3-3 as Oliver Giroud is the top striker In a 4-2-3-1 formation which might not suit Jovetic. The player loves to cut inside from the left and unleash his potential on opponents. He is not also an upgrade on the likes of Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez who are perfect candidates to play slightly behind Giroud.
This makes Jovetic’s signing by Arsenal unwise and ill-thought at best.