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Arsenal revives interest in the Italian target from Arsene Wenger days

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Arsenal is currently monitoring the availability of Italian striker Stephan El Shaarawy.

The Premier League side is recently looking after the availability of Stephan El Shaarawy. According to the recent report from Gianluca Di Marzio, Arsenal is one of the clubs that is currently monitoring the striker’s situation at the Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua in China.

The North Londoners are open to talks and make an offer to Shaarawy. As the 27-year old is looking forward to returning to Europe. He has only spent 13 months on the Chinese side and is now homesick. Thus Shaarawy is permitted to find a club in Europe.

The Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio,  also claims that Arsenal isn’t the only club who is involved in talks with Stephen El Shaarawy. But Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint Germain are also looking for a potential deal.

The 27-year old would like to move back to his country favoring a move to Rome. He played for Roma for around 3 years before making a move to Shanghai. However, there are other better options waiting for him.

El Shaarawy was also considered as one of the most promising youngsters of his generation. In 2012 he was also named as one of the top players born in the 90s. During the same year, he was Serie A top goalscorer. Not only this he was at the 52nd position in the Guardian list of best players in the world. He represented Italy in the 2013 FIFA Confederation cup and also at UEFA Euro 2016.

El Shaarawy’s journey so far

Arsenal revives interest in the Italian target from Arsene Wenger days

He started his journey from Genova and later moved on a loan to Padova. His successful loan spell leads him a move to Milan in 2011. The Italy international began impressing and displaying his talent alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

But things began falling apart for him at San Siro and he was sent out on loan to Monaco and in 2016 to Roma. El Shaarawy signed a three year deal with the Italian capital eventually.

In recent years, The 27-year old has struggled both with his fitness and his lost form. The last memorable double recorded was against Chelsea in the 2017/18 Champions League group stages.

The flattering move to the Chinese Super League couldn’t give him the move he was looking for. Thus in near future has an option to move on loan till January. Along with this addition is made with an option to buy or extend the deal is

Shaarawy was Wenger’s target

If a move to Arsenal is about to happen. One man who would really appreciate the deal will be Arsene Wenger. Arsenal was once linked with a move for the striker back in 2015.

Wenger expresses his fondness for the Italian player in an interview. He said he is mobile, very technical and his philosophy is the same as that of Wenger’s. If Arsenal signs him on a low transfer fee than he would prove as a good addition.

Mikel Arteta has actively participated in the transfer window and would remain active for quite a few days. The decision to sign a new midfielder is still pending with the likes of Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey on the target list.

The Spaniard is looking to bring players to keep in reserve. The area that attracted Arteta’s attention after the lockdown. Moreover, El Shaarawy has the international as well as Champions League experience and will well fit into Arteta’s squad.


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