Arsenal and Fernando Llorente: Make it stop… 0

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There’s a report on Goal.com this morning about Fernando Llorente being of interest to Arsenal, and of a potential loan-deal being struck with Juventus for the forward in January.

This has been around for a while now, and it still doesn’t make that much sense - even if it is built on the sound logic of Arsenal needing reinforcements at forward, and on Llorente needing first-team minutes ahead of Spain’s 2014 World Cup campaign.

That’s all very tenuous.

Llorente has struggled in Serie A and is having a tough time transitioning into Italian football, but there are no real guarantees that he would have an easier time in England - and, more significantly from the player’s point of view, whether he’d be able to dislodge the in-form Olivier Giroud from the Arsenal side.

So where would that leave him?

Llorente is an outstanding lone-forward, but if he’s someone who struggles to adjust quickly to new environments - which he seems to be - then what value would a short-term loan deal be to anybody?

…and why, if you were Juventus, would you sacrifice some of your own depth for Arsenal’s sake? Llorente may be struggling, but he’s started five games in Serie A this season, so he’s hardly a spare part.

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