Just when you thought this window couldn’t get any worse for Arsenal fans, the latest developments surrounding Icardi to Arsenal are not good for the Gunners I’m afraid.
After facing rejection from Vardy and being priced out of the market for Higuain, Lacazette and Morata, Arsenal now face rejection from yet another player, Mauro Icardi.
The Gunners had reportedly been in talks with Inter Milan, the player’s agent and Icardi himself, with some media reports even suggesting that the 23 year old would be flying into London this week to complete a move.
However this is does not seem to be the case as Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport has had an interview with the Argentinean, in which all has been revealed.
Icardi is quoted as saying: “I’m here, and I’m happy here, I say that all the time.
“I have a contract with Inter until 2019 and they’re my team. For everything else, it’s the club that has to speak. I’m working to improve my game, to play well and to provide options for the coach.
“My entire family’s objective is to stay in Milan. Milan is our home, and that’s why she’s (Icardi’s agent) in talks with the club. We’re trying to find a solution.
“Me, wearing other colours? I’ll tell you the truth, I’m an Interista. Very much an Interista. This is the team I’m a fan of and these are my colours. There’s a strong bond.
“Football is a business and anything can happen, but I’m wearing the captain’s arm-band for Inter, I’ve been here three years and my objective is to win as a Nerazzurro. I want to make it.”
So that seems to all but confirm Icardi’s intention to stay in Milan and although there are still rumours doing the rounds about whether Inter Milan want to sell the forward, it is certain that he has no intentions of playing anywhere else at this moment in time.
In my opinion Icardi isn’t the world class striker Arsenal are crying out for but his addition to the team would be of great benefit in giving the Gunners additional options up front. Icardi would offer a different style of play to Giroud and at 23 years old, he could be a player that Arsenal could develop into a top class striker.
However it doesn’t seem so likely to happen anymore and so Arsenal must once again turn their attention elsewhere. Who’s our tenth transfer target on our list of targeted strikers Arsene?